Beijing authorities are to speed up the reopening of the city's cyber cafes after only permitting a handful to remain in operation after a fatal fire hit an unlicensed cafe back in June.
The deaths sparked a broader government crackdown, with the closure of 150,000 unlicensed internet cafes and the introduction of tighter censorship rules.
The news that more of Beijing's 2,000 or so web cafes would be allowed to reopen came in the form of a surprise summons from government officials.
According to the BBC, more than 20 previous holders of internet cafe licences received a phone call inviting them to attend a meeting.
Officials from the Culture Ministry, Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Information Industry seem to have been given the orders to allow the "better cafes" to reopen.
But the government has reportedly stepped up its censorship of the internet. An edict from telecoms officials in some inland provinces requires internet service providers to close chat rooms, bulletin boards and messaging systems for two weeks from 6 November.
Experts believe that the move is partly to prevent public debate ahead of important constitutional changes.
The restrictions cover the period leading up to an important communist party meeting which is expected to allow entrepreneurs to join the party for the first time.
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