General public in Jammu and Kashmir has been at the receiving end of prevailing situation especially for the internet connectivity. When recently authorities restored internet services after six months, it was welcomed by all but the joy remained short lived. Due to poor connectivity and slow speed, most of the people have said that they cannot access any websites of their choice and restoration was nothing but a joke for them.
The relatively slow 2G internet connectivity on mobiles has added to the anger of the business community and students. People involved in the tourism industry have said that they are forced to go to TRC Srinagar to access mails and get any information about tourists.
Although the government’s order said that mobile data services and internet access through fixed-line shall be allowed across the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir with restrictions, journalists are frustrated that the fixed lines and broadband service have not been restored.
Senior editors and prominent working journalists in Kashmir have alleged that internet service providers were seeking a written undertaking from them to provide complete access to all content and infrastructure as and when required by the security agencies.
Although some fixed lines have been restored in some newspaper offices but the confusion about the complete restoration of mobile internet services for the media still remains.
VOV NEWS DESK