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Vis­ual book­mark­ing plat­form Pin­ter­est has been blocked by In­ter­net ser­vice provider ACT Fiber­net. We weren't able to ac­cess this site on an ACT Fiber­net con­nec­tion while other users have men­tioned on Twit­ter that they are get­ting a note stat­ing that the site has been blocked as per the in­struc­tions of the "com­pe­tent gov­ern­ment au­thor­ity in com­pli­ance to the or­ders of Court of Law" An ACT Fiber­net spokesper­son told ETtech that they have blocked Pin­ter­est fol­low­ing a Madras High Court or­der from July last year to block a list of around 225 sites that in­cludes "il­le­gal down­load web­sites, un­suit­able con­tent sites, tor­rent sites and few fo­rum sites". "The or­der has been is­sued to all In­ter­net Ser­vice Providers across In­dia. The web­sites will re­main blocked till we get fur­ther no­ti­fi­ca­tion/or­der from the hon­ourable High Court to ac­ti­vate th­ese sites." the spokesper­son said. We've reached out to Pin­ter­est for a com­ment and will up­date once we hear back.In July 2016, Madras High Court had di­rected 169 In­ter­net Ser­vice Providers (ISPs) in an in­terim or­der to block 225 "rogue web­sites in­dulging in on­line piracy and in­fringe­ment of copy­right", fol­low­ing movie pro­ducer Kalaip­uli S Thanu's pe­ti­tion seek­ing to block ac­cess to th­ese web­sites. As per the judge­ment shared by ACT Fiber­net, Pin­ter­est is part of 225 "rogue web­sites" blocked to re­strict any il­le­gal down­loads of Ra­jinikanth­star­rer movie 'Ka­bali'. We weren't able to find the spe­cific judge­ment at the time of writ­ing this ar­ti­cle. Why Pin­ter­est? It's strange that Pin­ter­est finds a men­tion in the list of 225 rogue web­sites, con­sid­er­ing it is an on­line bul­letin board and not a file shar­ing ser­vice or a video stream­ing ser­vice. That said, there has been sev­eral un­ex­plain­able web­site blocks due to court or­ders in the coun­try over the past few years. This in­cludes Google's file shar­ing ser­vice Google Docs and its URL short­ener goo. gl, pop­u­lar Im­age shar­ing site Imgur, code shar­ing ser­vice Github, soft­ware repos­i­tory Source­forge, text shar­ing site Paste­bin, sports news site Bleacher Re­port and do­main re­seller BuyDo­mains among oth­ers. Hence, we be­lieve there should be more trans­parency in how and why th­ese blocks are in­sti­tuted. There should also be some sort of re­course for web­site own­ers, in this case Pin­ter­est, on how can they get the ban re­moved.

ALT Balaji en­ters into strate­gic part­ner­ship with ACT Fiber­net

ALTBalaji, the dig­i­tal plat­form of Balaji Tele­films has en­tered into a strate­gic part­ner­ship with ACT Fiber­net, In­dia's largest non-telco In­ter­net Ser­vice Provider (ISP) and 3rd largest ISP to pro­mote and

dis­trib­ute its Sub­scrip­tion Video-On­De­mand (SVOD) ser­vice. As part of the as­so­ci­a­tion, ACT Fiber­net's cus­tomers will now be able to sub­scribe to ALTBalaji's SVOD ser­vice as part of their broad­band pack­age and pay for the ser­vice through a uni­fied bill ev­ery month. To sub­scribe, users can visit ACT Fiber­net's web­site (www.act­corp. in) and se­lect ALTBalaji as a val­ueadded ser­vice. Through the sin­gle sub­scrip­tion, cus­tomers will be able to stream ex­clu­sive con­tent on over five screens, in­clud­ing tele­vi­sion, web and mo­bile and has in­te­gra­tion with Chrome­cast amongst oth­ers. Nachiket Pant­vaidya, CEO of ALT Dig­i­tal Me­dia En­ter­tain­ment said, "Glob­ally, en­ter­tain­ment video con­tent mul­ti­plies broad­band us­age. ALTBalaji will ex­clu­sively of­fer more than 250 hours of pre­mium and orig­i­nal dig­i­tal con­tent in the first year it­self. We are con­fi­dent that our unique and ex­clu­sive shows will in­crease broad­band us­age for ACT Fiber­net. At the same time, it will al­low users to avail our rich con­tent with ease as part of their monthly broad­band pack. The al­liance is sym­bi­otic and al­lows both com­pa­nies to de­rive value from their in­her­ent strengths." Balaji Tele­films is In­dia’s lead­ing in­te­grated me­dia con­glom­er­ate with mar­ket lead­er­ship in the mo­tion pic­ture and tele­vi­sion con­tent in­dus­tries, among other en­ter­tain­ment-led busi­nesses.

ACT Fiber­net in­creases in­ter­net speeds and FUP in Chen­nai

With the newly up­graded plans, ACT Fi­brenet cus­tomers will now be able to ac­cess un­in­ter­rupted and high speed in­ter­net ser­vices at no ad­di­tional costs to meet en­ter­tain­ment, busi­ness and util­ity ser­vice re­quire­ments. Pi­o­neer in Giga en­abling for en­tire In­dia, ACT Fiber­net re­cently up­graded in­ter­net plans for cus­tomers in the city of Chen­nai. ACT Fiber­net has up­graded its ACT Blaze Plan to 75mbps with 100 GB FUP (100 GB up + 100 GB down) mak­ing the start­ing speeds of 75Mbps in Chen­nai fastest across all mar­kets. ACT Thun­der Plan now has 100 Mbps speeds and 225 GB FUP (225Gb up + 225 GB down) and the ACT In­cred­i­ble Plan now boasts of in­cred­i­ble 150 Mbps speeds and 350 GB FUP all at no ex­tra cost. Speak­ing on the up­graded plans, Mr. Bala Mal­ladi, CEO, Atria Con­ver­gence Tech­nolo­gies Pvt Ltd com­mented, “At ACT Fiber­net, our phi­los­o­phy is to of­fer ex­cep­tional speeds and FUP to our cus­tomers. Chen­nai is an im­por­tant mar­ket where we have grown in the last few years and we con­tinue to strive to of­fer the best to our cus­tomers. Bala added, Our new plans will open up new pos­si­bil­i­ties such as en­ter­tain­ment de­mands through 4k and HD movies /TV se­ries down­loads as well as in pro­fes­sional work en­vi­ron­ments” Atria Con­ver­gence Tech­nolo­gies pro­vides fi­bre-to-the-home (FTTH) broad­band ser­vices to a strong cus­tomer base of 1.2 mil­lion reg­is­tered cus­tomers in the coun­try.

ACT Fiber­net Launches 1 Gbps Fiber Op­tics­backed Broad­band in Hy­der­abad

Bengaluru - based ACT (Atria Con­ver­gence Tech­nolo­gies) Fiber­net, with a cus­tomer base of 1.2 mil­lion and cur­rently the largest non-telco ISP in In­dia has earned the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first to roll out 1 Gbps broad­band In­ter­net in the en­tire city of Hy­der­abad. The an­nounce­ment was made in Hy­der­abad at a glit­ter­ing press con­fer­ence in the pres­ence of Shri. K. Taraka Rama Rao, Min­is­ter for IT, Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and In­dus­tries. The fiber op­tics tech­nol­ogy typ­i­cally takes be­tween 18-24 months to be laid out across a city and is de­void of any wire­less tech­nolo­gies or pro­to­cols dur­ing the tran­sit path from its source to last-mile con­nec­tiv­ity. The other great ad­van­tage with fiber op­tics tech­nol­ogy is that while cop­per cabling reaches its broad­band thresh­old at 100 Mbps, sky is the limit as far as broad­band speeds through fiber op­tic

ca­bles are con­cerned. This launch also cat­a­pults In­dia into the league of top 7-8 coun­tries in the world to have such a ser­vice. Why Hy­der­abad first? Hy­der­bad has the high­est in­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion amongst all In­dian cities. An av­er­age In­ter­net user in Hy­der­abad con­sumes about 75 GB data each month, which is much higher than any other city in the rest of In­dia. Also, this launch is aligned with the Dig­i­tal Te­lan­gana ini­tia­tive of the state gov­ern­ment which in­tends to open 3,000 hotspots across the city of Hy­der­abad. Out of th­ese 1,000 hotspots shall be de­vel­oped and main­tained by ACT Fiber­net. On a lighter vein, Bala Mal­ladi, CEO, ACT Fiber­net comes from Hy­der­abad, so his vi­sion and sup­port has been in­stru­men­tal in the lay­out of optical fiber net­work much faster than any other city in In­dia. As part of the fiber op­tics net­work, 40,000 kms of optical fiber has been de­ployed across the length and breadth of Hy­der­abad. Post this launch, ACT Fiber­net has now set its sights on the cities of Bengaluru, Chen­nai and Delhi in North In­dia, amongst oth­ers. When the av­er­age in­ter­net speeds in In­dia is 2.5 Mbps, ACT Fiber­net’s 1 Gbps launch will leapfrog Hy­der­abad in­ter­net speeds to 400x na­tional av­er­age. Why 1Gpbs is re­ally in­sane Imag­ine be­ing able to down­load a 3.5 gig movie in 41 sec­onds flat! Yes, this is what we ex­pe­ri­enced at the ACT demo cen­ter. As com­pared to this, the best avail­able broad­band in Delhi at present does the same task in four and a half min­utes at 100 Mbps speeds. It could be safe to con­clude that 1Gbps speed al­lows down­loads from the in­ter­net faster than trans­fer­ring data from a USB drive. ACT Fiber­net is the largest broad­band provider in twin cities of Hy­der­abad and Se­cun­der­abad with over 65% mar­ket share. As part of the changes to the cus­tomer premises, only the last 60-70 me­tres of the ca­ble needs to be changed from cop­per to the sleek optical fiber ca­bles. Th­ese ca­bles come in the form of a twin pair with one ca­ble ded­i­cated to upload data while the other is ded­i­cated to down­load. Also, this of­fer­ing from ACT Fiber­net of­fers both down­loads and up­loads at 1Gbps, given the im­por­tance at­tached to up­load­ing videos on so­cial me­dia ac­counts. Speak­ing on the launch Bala Mal­ladi, CEO, ACT Fiber­net said, “With our ci­ti­zens and the gov­ern­ment mov­ing to­wards the Dig­i­tal In­dia move­ment, high speed in­ter­net is the need of the hour. With the launch of our 1 Gbps broad­band in­ter­net ser­vice, it gives me im­mense pride to turn this dream into re­al­ity. The city of Hy­der­abad is apt for our maiden launch as it has some ofthe best tech­nol­ogy brands, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and a vi­brant econ­omy.” Bala fur­ther added, “We are con­fi­dent this prod­uct will trans­form the way in­ter­net is now be­ing con­sumed at large and this will fast track the gov­ern­ment’s new­est tar­get to con­nect all its 23 mil­lion Te­lan­gana res­i­dents through the In­ter­net by 2018”. Speak­ing at the launch, Hon­ourable Min­is­ter for IT, Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and In­dus­tries, K. Taraka Rama Rao said, “I am ex­tremely pleased to be present here and wit­ness the his­toric launch of 1Gbps broad­band in­ter­net ser­vice for an en­tire city in the coun­try. It is my vi­sion to con­nect our res­i­dents through high speed in­ter­net and I am sure this prod­uct from ACT Fiber­net will fur­ther help ful­fil my vi­sion of mak­ing Te­lan­gana a tech and dig­i­tally ad­vanced­hub” In­dia is the sec­ond largest mar­ket glob­ally with in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity reach­ing over 400 mil­lion peo­ple. With the gov­ern­ment’s con­stant and fer­vent ef­forts to in­ter­net en­able cities, in­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion is set to reach over 600 mil­lion users by 2020. Ad­di­tion­ally, the gov­ern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ment to boost high-speed broad­band via op­tic Fiber to 1,50,000 gram Pan­chay­ats will fur­ther re­ceive sup­port through ini­tia­tives such as ACT Fiber­net’s and its con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try’s dig­i­tal growth. ACT Fiber­net’s 1 Gbps wired in­ter­net ser­vice is slated to soon be avail­able in the 11 cities the com­pany has pres­ence in. ACT Fiber­net plans to in­vest Rs 1,000 crore to­wards across In­dia over the next two years. The prod­uct is cur­rently avail­able in Hy­der­abad for INR 5999 per month, 1 Gbps , 1TB FUP. Please check the web­site www.act­ for fur­ther de­tails.

Hon­ourable Min­is­ter for IT, Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and In­dus­tries, K. Taraka Rama Rao

Bala Mal­ladi, CEO, ACT Fiber­net

Nachiket Pant­vaidya, CEO of ALT Dig­i­tal Me­dia En­ter­tain­ment

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