ISPs threaten to cutoff internet connection ahead of election

Kathmandu: The Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal (ISPAN), an umbrella organization of Internet service providers, has warned that internet services across Nepal may be cut off ahead of local election.
ISPAN has warned that the Internet may be cut off during the local election because the government has failed to pay foreign companies to purchase the Internet.

The government will have to take full responsibility if the Internet is shut down during the election, as opposed to the tendency to discourage private sector existence and investment, ISPAN said in a statement.

As the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has completely stopped recommending foreign currency to companies like Tata, Airtel, the internet will be shut down across the country from next week due to non-payment for six months.

ISPAN has also accused the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of deliberately blocking foreign currency recommendations to shut down essential internet services.