The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday announced its decision to restore broadband services in the valley that was in place since August last year. Earlier broadband facilities had only been restored for Government offices and other essential services in the valley.
On March 4, Jammu and Kashmir administration lifted its ban put on access to social media sites.
Earlier the Jammu and Kashmir administration had listed close to 1,600 websites (mostly related to education, banking, business and government) that were allowed to be accessed in J&K. The present order sets aside this restriction.
The Central government had enforced a strict communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year, when it scrapped Section 370 of the Constitution, that accorded special status to the state, and bifurcated it into two union territories (Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh).
The blackout has been criticised by people across India and abroad, including the United Nations and the US government.