The general internet service consumers of Nepal can breathe a sigh of relief, as the price of internet is not increasing for them, confirms the agreement between the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Nepal. This means they won’t charge the extra 13% fee from the general consumers in exchange for their telecommunication service.
Now the general consumers will have to pay the same internet fee that they used to pay earlier and the ISPs will pay the telecom service praxis amount to the government of Nepal from that paid fee.
Meanwhile, the corporate internet consumers will have to pay their internet fee with an extra 13% added charge.
The internet price hike topic started when the Government of Nepal decided to charge 13% tax from the ISPs and in turn, the ISPs decided to collect that amount from their consumers, which led to mass criticisms.
The Government of Nepal had called all ISPs, Nepal Telecommunication Authority, and ministry authorities for a meeting over internet service charge adjustment last Friday and finally decided not to raise the internet charge for general consumers.
ISPs have been charging at most NRs. 600 to the consumers for repair and maintenance, following, assistance etc. and other titles in addition to the internet service charge. And, the Government of Nepal agreed to take 13% telecommunication service charge from ISPs; applicable to internet service charge only, which led to an adjustment in the internet fee for general consumers.