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War of Azeri Internet providers ended at 00:30 yesterday

10 December 2005 [18:21] - TODAY.AZ
The war of Azeri internet providers temporarily ended after two of the major providers "Adanet" and "Intrans" decided to temporarily break the blockade of "Azeronline" responding to a call of Azerbaijan Internet Forum.

The providers boycotting "Azeronline" reviewed appeall of the Azerbaijan Internet Forum (AIF) and decided to stop the blockade. The AIF president Osman Gunduz noted that normal work of Internet users of the country had been impaired and it had become impossible to use a lot of information resources and Internet services as the result of the boycott carried out against the "Azeronline" provider in accordance with the decision of the Internet Service Providers of Azerbaijan. According to Gunduz monopoly and unfair rivalry exist in the Internet and ICT infrastructure of the country.

"However, at the present time, when the Antimonopoly Policy Department of the Ministry of Economic Development is conducting investigation, it is a severe violation of the law to blockade any information resource or limit connection to it without having any respective court decision," argues Gunduz.

AIF demanded the providers boycotting "Azeronline" without having any court decision to immediately put an end to it and to stop illegal limitation of the national information resources. The "Adanet" and "Intrans" stopped the boycott at 00:30 and "Azeurotel" in the morning yesterday.

The scandal between the Internet providers will be discussed in the Antimonopoly Policy Department on December 12. The director general of "Azeronline" Elchin Aghakishiyev said that it is illegal for the providers to take such step without having an appropriate court decision. That is why "Azeronline" will take the providers boycotting it to court.

The chair of the Free Consumers Union (FCU) Eyyub Huseynov said that he had already informed many countries of the world about violation of rights of Internet users in Azerbaijan. The FCU chair expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of clear policy by the Azerbaijani government concerning consumers rights and said that he will appeal to the head of the country and Ministry of Economic Development.



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