6 months after Article 370 scrapping and shutdown of broadband, 2G Internet restored partially in J&K

Administration of Jammu and Kashmir allowed mobile Internet in parts of Jammu region and broadband in hotela, Travel establishments and hospitals in tuesday evening bou only on white listed websites.

In a three page order, the home department said additional 400 internet kiosks will be established in Kashmir division. Internet service providers will offer broadband facility to all institutions dealing with essential services, hospitals, banks as also government offices. Mac Binding means to enforce a client machine to work from a particular Internet Protocol address.

In order to facilitate tourism, broadband internet would be provided to hotels and tour and travel establishments.

The order also said that the 2G mobile connectivity on post-paid mobiles for accessing white-listed websites including e-banking will be allowed in districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi — all in the Jammu region.

The decision to restore internet services in the valley comes after Supreme Court instructions on 10 January, Anuradha Bhasin vs. government of India said that shutdown orders must adhere to the principle of proportionality and must be temporary in nature.

The Supreme Court has also recognised that the right to freedom of Speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a), and the right to carry on any trade or business under 19(1)(g) using the medium of internet is constitutionally protected.

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