India’s Internet Crackdown Fuels Anger as Farmers Block Highways

Andreas Milano

(Bloomberg) — Tens of thousands of protesting Indian farmers have blocked highways across the country in defiance of the government’s internet and phone blackout, facing off against a heavy security deployment stationed behind rows of razor wire and concrete blocks.

They’re demanding a repeal of laws pushed through parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government last year that they claim favor big companies over small landholders. They have rejected the government’s offer to suspend the reforms for 18 months, as well as a mediation process established by the Supreme Court.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Farmer's Call For Roads to be Blocked Across India in Protest Against India's New Agricultural Laws


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Farmer’s Call For Roads to be Blocked Across

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Here’s how many people are already using Elon Musk’s space-based internet service

Andreas Milano




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  • SpaceX has been regularly launching dozens of satellites to build a global communications network called Starlink.
  • The Starlink internet service is currently in beta testing, but the company recently revealed some interesting information about how things are progressing.
  • According to SpaceX, Starlink already has over 10,000 testers actively using the service. 

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is best known for its reusable rocket technology that has lowered the barrier to entry for companies and institutions that wish to launch satellites into Earth orbit, but one of its side projects, Starlink, is rapidly becoming a very big

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Internet outage in Worcester could give municipal broadband a push

Andreas Milano

WORCESTER — A “network fiber break” that knocked out the internet for a good chunk of the city Monday has leaders refocused on improving local broadband connectivity and the option of municipal broadband, saying that the future depends on fast, reliable internet.

“I think the pandemic has shined a spotlight on inequalities and one of those inequalities is the digital divide,” District 5 City Councilor Matt Wally, chair of the city’s Urban Technologies, Innovation & Environment Committee, said Tuesday. “The internet certainly isn’t a leisure activity: it affects our health through telemedicine, our economic development, our learning, etc. That’s why

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Is a global internet tax coming in 2021?

Andreas Milano

The subject of taxing the internet — and everything that goes on over the internet — has been a hot issue virtually since the “network of networks” morphed from the NSF Net to the internet in the 1990’s.

The first phase of these tax debates was purely American, and it took place in the 1990’s when main street bookstores complained that online bookstores like Cadabra (renamed Amazon) — unlike main street bookstores — were selling books over the internet without collecting or paying sales taxes. Other main street merchants began to complain loudly as e-commerce rapidly expanded from books

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US urges dialogue with farmers, access to internet, welcomes agricultural reforms

Andreas Milano


a group of people standing in front of a crowd: US on farmers protest


US on farmers protest

The United States of America has called for a “dialogue” with the farmers of India, urging the Indian government to recognise “peaceful protests” and allow “access” to the internet.

Responding to queries posed by India Today, a US State Department spokesperson on Thursday said, “We recognise that peaceful protests are a hallmark of any thriving democracy, and note that the Indian Supreme Court has stated the same. We encourage that any differences between the parties be resolved through dialogue.”

The Indian government, on its part, through a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

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U.S. Criticizes India Internet Curbs, Urges Fresh Farm Talks

Andreas Milano

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. has criticized India’s moves to block internet access at protest sites around the capital and called on the government and farmers to resolve their differences through talks ahead of planned nationwide demonstrations against new agriculture laws on Saturday.



a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: Demonstrators during the citizens march for farmers event in solidarity with farmers protesting against the new farm laws, at Mandi House on February 3, 2021 in New Delhi, India.


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Demonstrators during the citizens march for farmers event in solidarity with farmers protesting against the new farm laws, at Mandi House on February 3, 2021 in New Delhi, India.

“We recognize that peaceful protests are a hallmark of any thriving democracy, and note that the Indian Supreme Court has stated the same,” the

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