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The Internet has fallen in price almost twice in Chukotka
Internet fees in Chukotka have almost halved. The cost of 1 GB of mobile traffic and landline access in Chukotka decreased by almost 50% by August compared to the same period in 2019.
According to the press service of the regional government, this was achieved thanks to an agreement between the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and the government of Chukotka on co-financing the services of telecom operators providing Internet access: Vimpelcom, Megafon, Rostelecom and SATIS-M.
Subsidizing will be carried out during the entire period of construction of a submarine fiber-optic communication line from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Anadyr, which will be completed in 2022. For these purposes, the federal budget will receive 148,4 million rubles annually for three years.
According to the governor of Chukotka, Roman Kopin, this is a temporary measure that is necessary during the period of restrictions on coronavirus, when many residents of the district work and study remotely.
Oleg Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, noted that the construction of a submarine fiber-optic communication line will ensure the transition to trunk communication channels with a capacity of up to 100 Gbit / s, which will help curb the growth of regional tariffs.
The Far Eastern Federal District is one of the priority territories of Russia, where accelerated digital development is planned. The Chukotka Autonomous Okrug accounts for several projects of the national program "Digital Economy of the Russian Federation". The construction of a fiber-optic line from Kamchatka is the largest regional project of the program.