2G Internet, Broadband Partially Restored In Jammu And Kashmir

On January 10, the Supreme Court held that access to the internet is a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Constitution


After five months of the communications clampdown, the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration on the evening of January 14th, 2020 allowed mobile Internet in parts of Jammu region and broadband in hotels, travel companies and hospitals but only on “white-listed” websites.

The internet was shutdown in Kashmir following the scrapping of Article 370. The ban on the internet has crossed 150 days, which is reportedly the longest ever in a democracy.

The administration also stated that an additional 400 internet kiosks will be established in Kashmir division.

It may be recalled, the Supreme Court on January 10th, 2020 said that the indefinite internet shutdown in J&K is an abuse of power and directed the administration to review all restrictive orders in place since the Centre ended special status to the former state in August 2019.

The top court observed that access to the internet is a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Constitution. The verdict brought a massive relief to the people of Kashmir after months of communication and internet lockdown.

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