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Govt maintains J&K status quo: No 4G beyond Ganderbal, Udhampur

The Indian government continues to deny 4G internet to most of Jammu & Kashmir. Only two districts — Ganderbal in Kashmir, and Udhampur in Jammu — will continue to have 4G access, while the rest of the union territory, consisting of over a crore people, can only access 2G internet. This was announced by the J&K administration on Tuesday. 4G services were restored in the two districts on a trial basis on August 17, immediately after India's Independence Day. The restoration was the result of yet another Supreme Court intervention when Foundation for Media Professionals, which has been fighting for internet access in J&K, filed a contempt petition in the apex court. During the case proceedings, the Central government had submitted that 4G internet can be provided to one district each in Jammu and Kashmir after August 15 on a trial basis, provided these districts did not fall on the LoC or share an international border. The Supreme Court had agreed to this and subsequently issued an order. Postpaid SIM card holders will have internet access, but prepaid SIM cards will have to be verified as per norms for post-paid connections. Broadband connections will have no speed restrictions, but will be available with MAC-binding. Even though law enforcement agencies made "no reports of misuse of high speed internet services" in the two districts, the state-level review committee said that "the situation needed to be monitored closely". The status quo will continue until September 30. On August 11, the Centre had…

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