Govt lifts 4G ban from 2 districts of J&K on trial basis
The trial services will go on in these districts till September 8 while the internet services in rest of the districts will be restricted to 2G
The government has restored high-speed 4G internet in one district each of Jammu and Kashmir from August 16 on trial basis for two months. A report published in The Times of India says that the 4G internet services in Udhampur and Ganderbal districts were restored for paid sim card holders on August 16 from 9 PM onwards.
According to the report, the Jammu and Kashmir Home Department has said that a notification has been marked to the inspector-generals of Jammu and Kashmir to intimate the service providers of these two districts to comply with the order.
The trial services will go on in these districts till September 8 while the internet services in rest of the districts will be restricted to 2G.
As per several media reports, the Supreme Court had last week dismissed a case filed by an NGO Foundation of Media Professionals against the government over non-compliance of the Court’s May 11 order asking the government to review its high-speed internet ban in the newly formed Union Territory.
Attorney General KK Venugopal had informed a three-judge bench headed by NV Ramana of the Apex Court that a special committee was constituted by the central government which found that the threat of terrorist activities continues to remain high, therefore, the restrictions cannot be lifted from the whole valley.
The court appreciated the Central government’s stand but directed them to respond to an interim application asking the government to put the order related to internet ban in the public domain.