Russia proposes to abolish the principle of “network neutrality”

    The Federal Antimonopoly Service proposes to introduce special, higher tariffs for the traffic of those resources that generate it in large quantities, and thereby increase the load on the network of providers. According to Vedomosti, the Federal Antimonopoly Service sent to the government a working proposal on amendments to the Federal Law "On Communications", as well as a number of regulatory legal acts that govern the procedure for the provision of communication services. They formulate their position in the department as follows: it is assumed that the law will establish a rule on “uninterrupted access” to any resources, as well as a ban on providers from prioritizing the traffic of one resource (or one type of traffic) over another.

    At the same time, based on this document, it is proposed to implement a mechanism through which providers will no longer be able to view their channels as a "pipe" for traffic, but as "providing a service of a service other than network access", and, in exchange for an additional fee to guarantee subscribers high-quality and uninterrupted access to resources and services that require a wide band for their work.

    In its proposal, the FAS refers mainly to the conditional “international trend in regulating the relations between providers and subscribers,” and cites the recent FCC solution, which also allows US providers to require additional fees for the use of resources that consume a large amount of traffic.

    However, there is a key difference between these two proposals - the FCC offers providers to “demand a tribute” directly from operators and service owners, such as YouTube, while based on the language in the document proposed by the FAS, additional fees will be charged directly from subscribers.

    Sources:
    - www.vedomosti.ru/tech/news/34467231/doplata-za-youtube (original)
    - lenta.ru/news/2014/10/09/traffick (almost literal copy-paste from Vedomosti)

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