BSNL Broadband Service remain suspended in Kashmir Valley, Subscribers demand immediate restoration

Srinagar, Feb 12:The high speed internet 4G and broadband service remained suspended here in union territory administered by Central Govt, The broadband as well as mobile internet services were suspended across J-K in the intervening night of August 04-05 last year in wake of the government’s announcement to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (Article 370) and bifurcate the erstwhile State into two Union Territories—Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.

Notably, the government restored the broadband internet and 2G mobile internet services in Jammu and also 2G internet services in Kashmir with imposing curbs on social networking sites.

The restoration of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir was followed by the Supreme Court directions on January 10 this year is in compliance of the order in Anuradha Bhasin Vs Union of India and others.
General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) cellular company, Nazir Ahmad Joo told that the process for the restoration of broadband internet services in Kashmir has already begun.

According to the Home Department officials, the internet blocks of non-white listed websites are still necessary as there were concerns “the circulation of inflammatory material” and the “coordination of activities inimical to the security of the state”.

Meanwhile, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) spokesperson Masood Bala said the department had bought firewall equipment worth Rs 4 to 5 crore to make sure that all social media sites that were put in a blacklist by the government would not operate.

“As per the government directions only white listed websites will be functional. We have installed the firewall and it will soon be made operational,” Bala said.

However the Subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam limited, appealed the Concern authorities to restore Broadband Services across Kashmir Valley as earliest as possible, Mainly students, Media persons, tourism section that include tour and travel operators and Business line suffered so much due to non availability of BSNL Broadband Services here in Valley.