India is restoring 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, 18 months after

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India is restoring 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, 18 months after
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India is restoring 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior government official said Friday evening, 18 months after imposing a sweeping communications blackout in the Muslim-majority region in an attempt to curb the spread of potential backlash over New Delhi’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s semiautonomous status in August of 2019.

Rohit Kansal, principal secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir government, said 4G internet services were being restored in the entire region. India partially lifted ban on internet in two districts — out of 20 — of the state last year but maintained speed restrictions (2G internet), after a ruling from the Supreme Court that found an indefinite shutdown of the internet in the state unwarranted and demonstrated “abuse of power” by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

The internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir, home to more than 13 million people, has been by far the longest by any democracy.

After 18 months of suspension of high-speed internet, the government has decided to restore services in 18 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, in February last year, 4G internet was restored in two districts - Gandarbal in Kashmir Valley and Udhampur in Jammu region.