• Friday, Oct 30, 2020
  • Last Update : 03:59 pm

ED: This is not the time to cut off the internet

  • Published at 11:53 pm September 30th, 2020
Overhead cables being removed in Dhaka.Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

DSCC went so far as to suggest 'mobile internet packages are cheap these days'

The Dhaka South City Corporation once again, it seems, has been using its time and resources in a completely counterproductive way. The intention of DSCC’s recent drive is to remove illegal overhead cable connections, which would have been reasonable enough if there were alternatives for internet service providers. 

Unfortunately, DSCC has been cutting overhead lines without setting up an underground cable management system first. As a result, large parts of the capital have been left without internet. 

At a time of pandemic, when many are still working from home, and internet usage is at an all-time high, cutting off the internet is inexcusable, and goes to show just how out of touch the city corporation is regarding the real issues that need attention. 

When asked what people will do about the internet in the meantime, an officer within the DSCC went so far as to suggest “mobile internet packages are cheap these days.” This suggestion borders on the farcical. 

Surely, buying data is not a sustainable way to meet the heavy demand during a pandemic, which includes sending and receiving large files, frequent Zoom meetings, or simply keeping in constant touch with loved ones. Classes are also happening online, which means education is also being affected. 

Mobile internet has also been known to be unreliable at times, and while useful when on the go, is not a realistic way to meet daily home internet needs.

Our city corporations need to understand that it is not enough to go on drives and take things down; constructive work must be done to give people better options. After all, they should be in the business of improving the lives of residents, not making them harder.

blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail