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Rostelecom begins work on the wiring of fiber to Iturup and Kunashir

The head of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov announced the start of the project on laying a high-speed Internet line to the islands of the Kuril ridge. A short tweet "# The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications together with # Rostelecom begins the implementation of a project to lay an underwater communication line to the # Kuriles. We will complete it in 2018" - the official published the day before.

As the head of Rostelecom Sergey Kalugin explained, at the first stage, funding of 1,9 billion rubles is allocated for 2018 for a section of the Sakhalin-Kuril line. The total cost of the project is 3,3 billion rubles, of which 2,7 billion rubles should come from the federal budget. The line will come first to Iturup (Kurilsk), then to Kunashir (Yuzhno-Kurilsk). Both islands are part of the Sakhalin Region. Rostelecom announced a tender for the design of this line.

Budget financing of projects in the Far East, including the laying of a cable to the Kuriles, was recently discussed in Khabarovsk at a visiting meeting of the Federation Council committee on federal structure, regional policy, local self-government and Northern affairs. In particular, within the framework of the meeting, Deputy Minister for Development of the Far East Artur Niyazmetov noted that the laying of the cable was supposed to begin in 2016, but the company did not start doing anything, because it did not see funds for this in the budget.

This project has enormous social significance - high-speed Internet will allow residents not only to get access to all information resources of the world network without any restrictions, but also provide an opportunity, for example, to receive online consultations from doctors from leading clinics of the country.
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