High speed internet service was discontinued in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 even before special status was withdrawn. The state was given union territory status on 5 August 2019.
High-speed Internet service has been restored in Jammu and Kashmir. After 18 months 4G internet service has been resumed in the state. Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Power and Information, Jammu and Kashmir, gave this information on Friday.
After the restoration of high speed internet service, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has tweeted and said, “4G Mubarak! For the first time since August 2019, 4G mobile data service was restored across J&K. better late than never.”
Barring Udhampur and Ganderbal, there was 2G service in the remaining districts
High speed internet service was discontinued in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 even before special status was withdrawn. The state was given union territory status on 5 August 2019. 2G Internet service in the state was restored on 25 January 2020. On 16 August 2020, high speed internet service was started on a trial basis in Udhampur and Ganderbal. In the remaining districts, only 2G internet service was continued.
Supreme Court ordered to constitute a special committee
An NGO had filed a petition in the Supreme Court regarding the commencement of 4G service in Jammu and Kashmir. The court, in an order dated 11 May last year, ordered the formation of a special committee. The committee in its report warned about the danger in the state. On January 21, the central government had told the Supreme Court that people of separatist ideology can incite people through internet in the state, so it is necessary to increase the ban.