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Starting from December 1, 371 "socially important" web-sites are now free for everyone including social media, search engines and bank sites.

All ISPs are required to provide free access to those sites even if the user didn't pay in time.

https://lenta.ru/news/2021/11/30/internet/

What did Putin mean by this?
Last edited by noemon on 02 Jan 2022 17:43, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Thread title corrected
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colliric wrote:It's the introduction of a more Public internet connection.

Treating the internet as a public utility. Some services should be accessible regardless of if you've payed or not.

This is an exellent move, but I hope it's followed up by (or has been preceeded by) state-provided social media sites. Or is Facebook going to be provided free of charge by the Russian state? (this would be illogical)
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Patrickov wrote:If the government can control what internet resource must be provided, then it probably has control on what internet resource cannot be provided.

Media is regulated in virtually every country on Earth.

Otherwise, the billions of "non-mafia" might influence public opinion.
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Patrickov wrote:Passive regulation yes, but here the OP is advocating active regulation.

It can be extremely active. As in "censorship" and "banning."

Virtually every doctor who announces that our patented vaccines are possibly unnecessary and harmful... get banned.

The commercial media smears them. Twitter (a private company) bans critics of Pfizer (another private company), and the boards of directors of Pfizer, Thomson Reuters, and Twitter - all golf together. They also share some large shareholders.

This is how USA capitalism works. It guarantees conflicts-of-interest because conflicts of interest is an easy way to make fast money. Like genocide was for the early settlers.
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@Igor Antunov

How are ISPs and companies hosting these websites supposed to pay all their overhead costs if they are being forced to provide such a service for "free?" Is the Russian government putting up money to pay these companies and ISPs to cover all their overhead costs? I also suspect that Putin is trying to control the internet in Russia more so that he can censor what his people see on the internet too.
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tomskunk wrote:@Igor Antunov

How are ISPs and companies hosting these websites supposed to pay all their overhead costs if they are being forced to provide such a service for "free?" Is the Russian government putting up money to pay these companies and ISPs to cover all their overhead costs? I also suspect that Putin is trying to control the internet in Russia more so that he can censor what his people see on the internet too.


A) This is a positive development. Putin seems to realize that we are living in the 21st century.

B) It's nothing new. Phone companies still allow you to make emergency calls even if you haven't paid your bills.

C) Usually, cost is not an issue. When you visit a site like Google, you aren't paying anything to Google anyway.
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Saeko wrote:C) Usually, cost is not an issue. When you visit a site like Google, you aren't paying anything to Google anyway.

The myriad ways Google has of "tracking" you... is a kind of payment.

And it's one that most people would be unwilling to pay... if they felt like they had a choice.

Why should governments help (or even allow) private companies to spy on masses of people?

Think about all the harm these media-controlling companies could cause by using this data to make money. They could start fake pandemic hysteria, for example, in order to make trillions of dollars on targeted "emergency" supplies.
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