Foreign Internet users from Russia will be fined

Control over information flow through the Internet continues to worry Russian officials. Attempts to block the Internet connection without state control continue. In the bowels of the Ministry of Communications, a draft law was proposed proposing penalties for attempts to connect to the Internet bypassing Roskomnadzor’s blocking points. The draft proposes a fine of up to 20 thousand rubles for officials, up to 200 thousand rubles for individual entrepreneurs, and up to 1 million rubles for legal entities for attempts to use satellite communications networks of foreign countries. Under sanctions, for violation of the February rules of connection, both ordinary users and telecom operators may fall. According to the introduced rules, all satellite traffic for Russian users must go through special ground stations, which are the intermediary between the satellites and the user device. The ground station should be based on the territory of Russia and this rule applies to all operators, and not just mobile, as it was before. In order to limit the spread of satellite Internet in the territory of the Russian Federation, the OneWeb project, which plans to create a system covering the entire Earth with high-speed Internet until 2027, in 2018 the State Duma considered a bill on the mandatory licensing of all satellite communications terminals imported into Russia. However, even before the approval of this law, the State Radio Frequency Commission introduced a prohibitive standard for imported equipment. According to officials, OneWeb’s satellite Internet poses a direct and clear threat to Russia’s national security. Government officials believe that statements that OneWeb will not be used for intelligence purposes are declarative and cannot be controlled by Russian authorities.

Sam Richards

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