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    Samanganis complain of high Internet rates

    AIBAK (PAN): Residents of Samangan complain Internet prices are too high and net cafes too few in the northern province, but officials concerned insist on the availability of improved services.

    Shams Dhaha, a senior student at the Education Faculty of Balk University’s branch in Samangan, told Pajhwok Afghan News there had been no private Internet facilities in the province.  

    "The communications department is offering Internet services to residents, but many youth have no access to them due to prohibitively high rates,” he alleged, saying only government and non-government institutions, as well as the rich, could use the services.

    Nasrin Yousafi, another student, said the non-availability of Internet services and private net cafes had created problems for them. Internet is a shared service, where one can obtain information in a jiffy. "I am working on my thesis, if I could access the Internet at a lower price, I would have fewer problems."

    However, communications department officials said they had been providing improved Internet services over the past three years for residents, government organs and private organisations. 

    Eng. Hoshang Parsa, the acting communications director, said hundreds of residents and organisations were using round-the-clock internet services provided by the Afghan Telecom Communication Company (ATCC).

    The department has not yet set up any Internet clubs in the city, but there have been no restrictions on those who want to establish private net cafes, he concluded.

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