The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation has extended until June 30, 2021, the pilot project “Accessible Internet”, in which citizens of the country are provided with free access to the Internet to visit socially significant sites. The corresponding order was signed by the head of the Ministry of Digital Security Maksut Shadayev.
“The possibility for users to get free access to socially significant Internet services is especially relevant during a pandemic. The project demonstrates the demand among citizens. According to information provided by the operators participating in the pilot, about 1.8 million unique users used free access to such resources during the experiment.“, – Deputy Minister Oleg Ivanov commented on this issue.
The Accessible Internet project, which provides free access to socially significant web services throughout the country, is being implemented at the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The experiment started on April 1 this year and was supposed to end on July 1, but the Ministry of Digital Industry extended it until December 31. Now the project is being extended for the second time and will be valid until June 30, 2021.
All telecom operators providing their services in Russia were invited to participate in the Accessible Internet project. At the moment, the list of socially significant Internet resources consists of 371 sites. The entire list is divided into several categories: communication services, aggregators of socially significant information, national culture and traditions, continuing education and professional development, etc.
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