2G services, fixed line internet access to remain operative in J&K till 7 Feb; revised 'white-listed' websites include Firstpost, Express, Reuters, AP

The Jammu and Kashmir administration had on 24 January stated that mobile data services and internet access through fixed-line shall be allowed across Jammu and Kashmir with restrictions from 25 January till 31 January. The internet speed shall be restricted to 2G only.

FP Staff February 01, 2020 11:28:37 IST
2G services, fixed line internet access to remain operative in J&K till 7 Feb; revised 'white-listed' websites include Firstpost, Express, Reuters, AP
  • The Principal Secretary has ordered that the directions/restrictions contained in the order shall continue to remain operative till 7 February, unless modified earlier.

  • Kabra also said that the IGP Kashmir/Jammu shall ensure immediate compliance of these directions by all the service providers.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday stated that its 24 January order regarding the allowance of mobile data services and internet access through fixed-line across the Union Territory with restrictions shall continue to remain operative till 7 February.

"The overall security scenario in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir since the issuance of the directions related to the regulation of telecom services on 24 January, 2020, has been reviewed. Among other things, the terrorist activities and misuse of internet, accessed through Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications, for coordination of terror acts, transmission of rumours and targeted messages to spread ideologies inimical to the interest of the state have been taken note of as also the past incidents and apprehensions during the succeeding week," Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary to the government, said.

The Principal Secretary has ordered that the directions/restrictions contained in the order shall continue to remain operative till 7 February, unless modified earlier.

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Kabra also said that the IGP Kashmir/Jammu shall ensure immediate compliance of these directions by all the service providers.

The administration had on 24 January stated that mobile data services and internet access through fixed-line shall be allowed across Jammu and Kashmir with restrictions from 25 January till 31 January. The internet speed shall be restricted to 2G only.

The notification stated that 2G mobile internet would be reinstated in all 20 districts but, restricted only to 300 "white-listed" websites. The previous list did not mention news websites such as Firstpost, The Associated Press, Indian Express, Reuters, AP and AFP.

However, the revised list published on Friday has the names of the previously blocked websites included.

"Access shall be limited only to whitelisted sites and not to any social media applications allowing peer to peer communication and virtual private network applications. Directions shall be effective from 25 January and will remain in force till 31 January," the statement by the administration read.

Earlier on 15 January, 2G services were reinstated in Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur for white-listed sites.

The Central government had suspended the internet in the region following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on 5 August, 2019, which conferred special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and its bifurcation into two Union Territories – Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

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