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Russians will pay for the initiative of the president on the Internet
In a message to the Federal Assembly, Vladimir Putin instructed by June 1, 2020 to provide Russians with free access to socially significant sites. However, operators are not ready to incur additional costs, and the government is delaying the creation of a registry of "social" sites. The largest mobile operators have already announced the inevitable increase in communication tariffs.
According to information "Merchant», The cost of services may increase by 20%. The operators estimated the total cost of access to socially significant sites at 150 billion rubles. In order not to increase tariffs, the working group, which includes representatives of the operators, has developed several measures. Industry representatives propose introducing tariffs with a minimum monthly fee or providing telecommunications companies with tax deductions or benefits for the "social" Internet. At the same time, the costs of special tariffs are also planned to be compensated by state preferences.
Meanwhile, the Russian government has not yet adopted a bill that would regulate the initiative of the president. It is assumed that the Russians will be able to unlimitedly use the websites of public services and authorities. In addition, experts suggest including Yandex.Food, social networks Vkontakte, domestic messengers and some online media in the register of socially significant services.
The load will increase not only for operators, but also for the services themselves, which will be forced to pay more for traffic to cellular companies, to increase the number of servers. Therefore, analysts believe that the increased costs of both parties will be passed on to subscribers.