Internet services are likely to be partly restored in Indian occupied Kashmir from Saturday, ending a five-and-a half-month government-imposed blackout in the disputed valley. According to the local authorities, social media will stay offline in the said region. Internet access will be restored later Saturday but only to 301 government-approved websites that include international news publications and platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.
Russia along with its major internet providers is set to disconnect from the internet as part of the “sovereign internet” law that came into effect recently. This is due to the long-planned internet bill proposed by the Russian Parliament in 2018 that recently got approved. All internet service providers will be controlled by a single telecom entity called Roskomnadzor and will block all access to internet content that the Russian government deems a threat.
Internet and broadband services prices are about to reach a new high in Sindh, after the provincial government has decided to slap sales tax on the services. Effective from July 1, the exemption of sales tax has been withdrawn and all internet and broadband customers, irrespective of their speed or charges, will pay sales tax at the statutory rate of 19.5%.