Kathmandu, October 3
Internet service in most areas across the country including the Kathmandu valley has been affected after the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) launched a drive to remove internet cables from utility poles used by internet service providers (ISPs).
The authority and ISPs have been at loggerheads after the authority increased rental charges for utility poles used by the ISPs.
The authority has claimed the ISPs have yet to clear longstanding arrears for using utility poles.
In a notice, the authority has asked the ISPs to clear the arrears. It had been warning the ISPs of removing internet cables from utility poles if they continue to ignore their calls and fail to clear the arrears until October 1, the authority says.
Owing to the authority’s drive, internet service has been affected in areas including Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Butwal, Biratnagar, Dhankuta, Dharan, Taplejung, Khandichaur and Dhangadhi, according to a statement issued today by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN Federation).
The federation has protested the authority’s move to remove internet cables.