Internet services were suspended in the Jammu & Kashmir region on August 5, 2019, shortly before the?Parliament of India abrogated Article 370 which stripped away the territory’s special status. According to the government, this was done to prevent strife and disturbances in a politically sensitive period. Numerous cases were pending before the Supreme Court arguing that the internet ban was unconstitutional, authoritative and a disproportionate restriction of fundamental rights. In March last year, the government had allowed resumption of the internet services but restricted the speed to 2G.
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Manoj Sinha said, “I thank the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Home Minister for acceding to our request and restoring 4G services in the entire Jammu & Kashmir UT. The move will fulfil the aspirations of the people, particularly the youth.”