Russia To Ditch Net Neutrality Policies For Offshore Firms

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You might think that net neutrality policies are only applicable to the US. Some countries around the world acknowledge the open internet rules like Europe and Canada.

In Russia,  a state-owned telecom company considers the removal of the net neutrality policies for some offshore firms that do business in the country. The affected companies are those that do not capitalize on digital telecommunications. These include servers necessary for maintaining user data corresponding with the most recent anti-terrorist measures.

According to Rostelecom president Mikhail Oseevsky, it is unfair and “not normal” that Russian telecom providers are the only ones profoundly investing in the sovereign digital communications. On the other hand, foreign business including Facebook and Google along with its YouTube affiliate allocate nothing on corporeal properties in the country while acquiring generous profits.

“This situation seems abnormal to me. I would suggest opening a discussion on the ways, primarily economic, with the help of which we need to deal with the situation,” Oseevsky said during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018).

He proposed regulatory recommendations that would stabilize the current condition. He suggested that network operators must be given authority to regulate web traffic. This is both for the state and society’s interests, particularly giving broader channels to firms that capitalize in the state infrastructure networks.

The issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible since they need to adhere to the requirements of the Yarovaya Law. It mandates telecom companies to provide encryption keys to state security agencies on demand enabling them to read encrypted information.

The Decenternet network adheres as well but to the net neutrality principles. It provides an open and free internet where users could freely communicate online. Personal data are kept confidential and not given out without any consent.

The net neutrality principles that the platform implements treats all contents equally. So, there are no blocking, throttling, and preferential treatment of internet traffic. Connection flows smoothly without any interruption or slowing down.

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