On 6th December 2017, MediaNama held a discussion in Delhi, on the Impact of Internet Shutdowns, with support from Facebook. The following is part 1 of notes based on the first of these discussions. Read part 2 here. How does an internet shutdown happen, and why do government officials take that route? Internet shutdowns in India generally tend to happen with little clear due process, or at least they did until the government issued rules on shutdowns earlier this year. Aakash Hassan, a part of 101Reporters, an initiative to connect grassroots journalists to larger publications, explained: "There are three categories of Internet channels. One is prepaid mobile internet service, other is postpaid, and the next one is broadband and leased lines. Most of the people in Kashmir use prepaid internet services." The prepaid mobile networks mostly provided in Kashmir by private…
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