The first recorded Internet shutdown in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was recorded on 26th January 2012 and since then..
The first recorded Internet shutdown in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was recorded on 26th January 2012 and since then the now Union Territory has had the dubious record of having the largest number of Internet shutdowns in India. The now Union Territory has witnessed 3 out of the 4 longest internet shutdowns in India.
An internet shutdown was imposed in August 2019, when Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated by the Parliament of India. It was passed by Presidential order number 272 dated August 5, 2019. The State of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. This was a preventive shutdown imposed in the state which is yet to be lifted entirely. The shutdown in Kargil was lifted on December 2019 but continued in other parts of the union territory. The beginning of the communication blockade saw the restriction of landlines as well as mobile services. The ban on landlines was lifted but suspension of mobile internet continued in the valley. In January 2020, 2G services were restored in the valley for verified users. Only whitelisted websites could be accessed and social media remains prohibited. The services were snapped again the same day on account of security concerns for Republic Day. 2G services for whitelisted websites were later restored in January 2020 at 4 PM. On March 2020, a new order was passed by the administration of J&K which stated that while the whitelist was to be removed, the internet could only be accessed using 2G on verified SIMs. Post that, 4G connection was available only in 2 districts Ganderbal and Udampur The erstwhile state regained 4G connection on February 6th 2021 after 552 days of no to low internet.
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