Russia to spend $2.000.000.000 yearly on disconnection from global Internet

Russia to spend $2.000.000.000 yearly on disconnection from global Internet
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The money will be spent on research, creation of traffic exchange points, exercises and expansion of the companies controlled by Roskomnadzor.

The draft law on the “sovereign Internet” was submitted to the State Duma on December 14. It might disrupt the Russian Internet while excessively expand Roskomnadzor’s authority to manage the communications industry, Kommersant reports. According to experts, telecom operators may spend more than 130 billion rubles ($2b) annually to compensate for possible issues.

Svyaz and IT, a working group of the Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation, said that at least 25 billion rubles will be spent at a time on research, creation of traffic exchange points, exercises and expansion of the companies controlled by Roskomnadzor. Besides, there will be extra burden on the telecom operators, and the compensation from the federal budget may reach 134 billion rubles annually. One of the bill initiators, Senator Lyudmila Bokova, states that the expenses in question are already provided for in the Digital Economy project. In addition, the project will be implemented using the budget funds allocated for Roskomnadzor.

Experts also note that there is a number of impracticable requirements in the “sovereign Internet” project, such as the part where the telecom operators have to give a complete map of their coverage and traffic routing to Roskomnadzor, which is impossible because the network is constantly updated.

The "sovereign Internet" draft law refers to amendments to the laws "On Communications" and "On Information".

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