Snapped for Ist time, Broadband services resumed

Broadband services were restored in Kashmir on Wednesday evening after four days of blockade.
Snapped for Ist time, Broadband services resumed
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Broadband services were restored in Kashmir on Wednesday evening after four days of blockade.

Kashmir has so far witnessed every sort of curfew during ongoing unrest in Kashmir. Mobile communication has been snapped and internet services down from July 6 after a top Hizb commander Burhan Wani was killed.

On August 13, hours after snapping postpaid mobile phones, authorities snapped broadband services in Kashmir. On August 12, local Internet Service Providers were ordered to shut the service.

It was first time in the history of Kashmir that broadband services were snapped, which has only around 17000 subscribers.

The snapping of broadband services had badly affected the work of media houses.

"Present regime has tried every sort of curfew to paralyze the life in Kashmir. Day curfew, night curfew, e-curfew, stopping supply of essential commodities and fuel, every harsh measure has been taken by the government to put the common man to inconvenience," said angry Muneer Ahmad, a subscriber of broadband.

In absence of broadband services, many researchers, scholars, students, doctors and others suffered a lot. "I had to submit my research papers in London University. However, I failed as all sort of internet services including broadband was snapped," said a scholar. 

"The services have been resumed. However, it has left history behind as it was first time snapped in Kashmir. We don't know what present regime wants," said a group of broadband subscribers.

They expressed resentment against authorities, saying, "Bullets and pellets are the gifts from rulers to the people of Kashmir. All fundamental rights have been suspended." 

Presently, government has gagged every sort of communication, only BSNL postpaid services are working.

"Sir, I am Aamir from Asham Sumbal Sonawari presently pursuing studies in Bangalore. It has been almost 5 days since my last talk with my family. I am sure my mom will be worried about me. This is a request to the Kashmir government please at least restore the incoming call facilities in Kashmir as we are really worried about our family," wrote Amir, in an e-mail to Greater Kashmir.

Authorities have been snapping and restoring mobile services from July 8 this year.

On July 8, sooner after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, internet services were snapped across Kashmir, except BSNL postpaid. Same evening, mobile services were snapped in south Kashmir.

Mobile services snapped in north Kashmir on July 11 and in central Kashmir on July 15.

On July 16, landline services were cut down in Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara.

Mobile services of postpaid were restored on July 26 while pre-paid were restored a day after but outgoing call facility was barred.

On August 11, again, mobile services were snapped across Kashmir, except state-run BSNL postpaid. BSNL pre-paid presently are barred from outgoing call facility.

On August 13, postpaid services were restored but broadband services snapped. A day after, postpaid services, except BSNL, were again snapped.

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