For "Accessible Internet" subscribers risk paying. Communication can go up by 20%
25.03.2020 0 Comments
So much for the “affordable” Internet.
Russian mobile operators have warned that tariff charges may increase if the state does not compensate them for the cost of providing free access to socially significant sites under the Accessible Internet project. According to experts, the growth in the cost of mobile communications, taking into account the depreciation of the ruble, may reach 20%.
The possible increase in the cost of communication due to the Accessible Internet project was announced by the participants in the working group of the Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on communications and IT. It includes representatives of MTS, MegaFon, Beeline and Tele2 operators.
The RSPP believes that the state should compensate operators for the cost of providing free access to socially important websites. It is proposed to do this by introducing tax benefits or by launching special tariffs with a minimum fixed monthly payment.
According to the head of Content Review Sergey Polovnikov, if the costs of implementing “Accessible Internet” are passed on to subscribers, the increase in the cost of mobile communications in Russia in 2020 will amount to 20%. A similar opinion is from the analyst of Mobile Research Group Eldar Murtazin.
The Accessible Internet project was proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in early 2020. As part of the project, Russians should get free access to socially important Internet resources, which will be possible, including with zero balance in the account. The Ministry of Communications promised to implement the project by March 1, 2020, but did not manage to fulfill the requirements of the president. The initiative found a number of problems, and officials still did not make a list of websites ranked as socially important.
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