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NEA removing internet cables affects service

2021 Oct 03, 14:05, Kathmandu
Newly-appointed Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal, has directed the top officials of NEA to collect the long pending electricity dues for the use of dedicated feeders.

Internet service in most of the areas across the country including the Kathmandu Valley has been affected after the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has launched a drive to remove internet cables from utility poles used by internet service providers (ISPs).

The NEA and ISPs have been at loggerheads after the former increased rental charges for utility poles used by ISPs. The NEA has blamed that ISPs have yet to clear longstanding arrears for using utility poles.

NEA through a notice has asked ISPs time and again to clear the arrears. They had warned to remove internet cables from utility poles if ISPs continued to ignore their calls and failed to clear the arrears until October 1, said the NEA.

The Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN Federation) has protested NEA’s move to remove internet cables. Internet service has been affected in areas including Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Butwal, Biratnagar, Dhankuta, Dharan, Taplejung, Khadichaur, and Dhangadhi after NEA removed internet cables, according to a statement issued today by the CAN Federation.

The CAN Federation has been demanding with the Nepal Telecommunications Authority(NTA) to increase internet prices by Rs 150 to Rs 300 per subscriber. “But our demand has been ignored so far,” according to the statement issued by CAN Federation General Secretary Narayan Thapa.  


Internet Nepal Electricity Authority NEA Internet service provider ISPs CAN Federation Kathmandu Bharatpur Butwal Biratnagar Dhankuta Dharan Taplejung Khadichaur and Dhangadhi internet service providers
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