2G internet services will be restored with 301 websites in all districts of J&K from today

After shut of more than five months, 2G mobile internet services on postpaid as well as prepaid phones will be restored in the Kashmir Valley from Saturday but can only be used to access 301 websites approved by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

According to a notification issued by the home department of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, access to the internet with 2G speed on mobile phones will resume from 25th January.

Access shall be limited only on whitelisted sites and social media applications will continue to remain out of bounds for the Valley’s residents.

A resident said, “This will be a huge relief. In the age of connectivity, Kashmiri’s were cut off from the world. The access to the government-provided kiosk is a struggle. At least checking mails for the official purpose will be possible. I just hope the connectivity will be restored completely soon.” The social media applications will continue to remain out of bounds for the Valley’s residents.

A home department order issued late Friday stated, Access shall be limited to whitelisted sites and not to any social media applications allowing peer to peer communication and Virtual Private Network Application.

The 2G mobile internet services were earlier restored in all ten districts of Jammu and two districts of Kashmir, Kupwara, and Bandipora.

Further, voice call and SMS services have been restored for all pre-paid connections across the Union Territory.

Telecom services were shut in the entire Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August, 2019 when the Centre abrogated the special status to the erstwhile state and also bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

However, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration for arbitrarily shutting down the internet, the facility described as the fundamental right by the court.

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