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Non-stop sit-in for internet price reduction from June 12

  • Published at 01:43 pm May 29th, 2013

Several information and communications technology (ICT) related organisations, on Wednesday, announced they would stage protests from June 12 and demonstrate in front of the telecom regulator’s office, threatening continued sit-ins, if demands for reduction of internet prices for end users are not met.

In a press conference they demanded Internet price should be fixed at Tk0.10/day per Megabyte and Tk10/day per Gigabyte, within 15 days.

“If the demands are not met within the declared time frame, demonstration and non-stop sit-in programme will be started from June 12,” Julius Chowdhury, an organiser of the movement, told reporters ata press briefing held at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity office, according to BSS.

Sources said another group of companies might demonstrate and arrange a human chain at Shahbagh.

Regarding the issue, N I Khan, secretary of the Information and communication technology ministry told the Dhaka Tribune: “Such a protest may bring some positive changes, and the people may make the reduction of Internet price possible.”

Meanwhile, Julius Chowdhury, who is the chief executive of dearjulius.com, said they have plans to form a bigger platform for the movement with an aim to reduce Internet prices.

He said the government has trimmed bandwidths price to a minimum, but the end users are not receiving the benefit as yet.

Shakil Arefin, chief executive of BDsoftInc, said internet service providers are selling bandwidth at a higher rate to the end users after buying it at low prices, while users must share more than 20 lines among subscribers, even though they are only meant to share four lines, according to BSS.

It was reported most Internet users are dependent on mobile Internet services, so regulators should also look in to it. They claimed there are 33m internet users in the country, out of which 95% use the Internet on mobile phones.