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What’s Behind Tajikistan’s Web Woes?

Internet speeds for computer users in Tajikistan, as in this Internet cafe in Dushanbe, are generally relatively poor compared with countries in the neighborhood, such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. At one time Tajikistan was considered something of a regional leader in Internet innovations, with 3G arriving in 2005 and 4G in 2012. (Photo: David Trilling)

“We have the Internet!” the receptionist at Kulyab’s newly opened Chanor Hotel volunteered with disconcerting eagerness. And so they should.
 
The hotel, which opened in the southern Tajik city amid much fanfare on August 31, was built with 46 million somoni ($7.2 million) in financing from the government’s communications agency.
 
Internet users might see irony in the fact that a government agency has helped build a hotel with reliable web access. In recent years, it has become increasingly problematic for Tajiks to obtain news online, as officials have taken steps to limit access to information.
 

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