SC Asks Centre To Reply On Restoration Of 4G Internet In J&K

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SC Asks Centre To Reply On Restoration Of 4G Inter
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the petitions seeking restoration of 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the Centre to file status report on the ground situation by April 26. The SC will hear the case on April 27 on pleas filed by the Foundation for Media Professionals and other petitioners.

The Apex court said the matter is of grave importance and turned down the J&K administration's request to get more time to file a reply.

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While the Centre opposed restoring 4G internet services in J&K citing the threat from militancy, the petitioners said 27 lakh students have been affected as video conferencing is not possible due to slow internet speed.

They held that "22,000 schools are unable to hold classes, causing disadvantage to students of J&K".

The pleas also argued that 4G internet is critical for students to study, for patients to access telemedicine and for the functioning of the press.

"We don't want patients to crowd around hospitals due to coronavirus, telemedicine is crucial for this", the petitioners said.

"The Centre can restrict speeds in certain areas where they consider a threat but there should not be a blanket ban on net speeds across Jammu and Kashmir," a plea added.

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