The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has fined three internet service providers total Tk 2.50 lakh for providing broadband to a number of unlicensed ISPs.
BTRC’s enforcement and inspection department assistant director Md Towfiqul Alam issued a notice recently to the ISPs, a senior official of the commission told New Age on Monday.
He said that the commission fined Dhaka Fiber Net Limited Tk 1 lakh, Maya Cyber World Tk 50,000 and Stargate Communication Limited Tk 1 lakh.
The BTRC notice said that the commission imposed administrative penalty on Dhaka Fiber Net, Maya Cyber World and Stargeat Communication as they provided broadband services to some small-scale unlicensed ISPs.
The penalty was imposed under section 65 of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Act, 2001, it said.
Besides, the commission at the same time also asked all ISPs to comply with licensing conditions and BTRC directives.
The notice also cautioned of legal actions including operation suspension against the ISPs which will provide broadband service to any entity illegally.
The telecom regulator imposed the penalty as providing broadband to any illegal service provider by ISPs create cyber security risk, the BTRC said.
As the illegal service providers do not comply with any of the regulatory requirements, it becomes impossible for the law enforcing agencies to trace illegal activities by the entities, the official said.
Operation of Dhaka Fiber Net was earlier suspended by the commission in June this year on the same ground.
The telecom regulator had detected that Dhaka Fiber Net provided bandwidth connection to Confident Net which was running its business without licence.
Confident Net gave internet connections to 150 people. Several of them used the internet for extremist activities.
At present, 319 ISPs are licensed under the category ‘A’, 31 under the category ‘B’ and 94 under the category ‘C’.
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