Srinagar: After banning social media networks, the government may now snap broadband services to “regulate” internet use, sources told Kashmir Reader.
Broadband services are likely to be discontinued to the majority of customers of the state-owned BSNL except in government offices. The broadband services will only be available to bureaucrats and other important government functionaries, sources said.
Sources privy to the deliberations confirmed that the authorities were “working on” the plan but a decision is yet to be taken.
“If all the aspects including the technical one is covered, it will most likely happen in the coming days,” an official said.
The idea of snapping broadband services follows the frequent snapping of internet services in Kashmir and a blanket ban imposed on 22 social media networks on April 25, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, for a month by the state’s home department, which is led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The social media ban was announced by the government in view of the deteriorating situation in Kashmir especially due to recent student protests and disruption of anti-militancy operations by locals.
All this while, BSNL broadband services had remained largely outside the government’s online scrutiny and had continued to function even as the data speed was slightly disturbed.