(ORDO NEWS) — The use of Starlink and OneWeb satellite internet can be punishable. The State Duma proposes to fine the users of such providers. Elon Musk’s desire to provide access to the network for everyone is considered by Russian deputies to be dangerous for the country.
The program for providing Internet access using the Starlink satellite constellation, which is being developed by the American company SpaceX, may be outlawed in Russia. According to domestic lawmakers, Elon Musk’s development allows using the global network without control from Russian law enforcement agencies, which is unacceptable.
The State Duma Committee on State Construction and Legislation, which authored the new bill, noted that all Internet traffic should go through the station of a Russian telecom operator located in Russia, and the use of Starlink and similar systems allows traffic to be transmitted directly via satellite, bypassing Russian operators …
According to the deputies, such an algorithm for Internet access poses a threat to Russia’s national security and interferes with the operation of the system of operational-search measures (SORM), which is used in the country to control Internet and mobile users. For the use of satellite Internet from SpaceX and other providers like satellite internet now and others of similar satellite services, officials are offered to be fined in the amount of 10 to 30 thousand rubles, legal entities to be punished with a fine of 500 thousand to 1 million rubles.
Recall that in addition to SpaceX, the British company OneWeb is developing its satellite Internet system, which closely cooperates with Roscosmos. In turn, the Russian state corporation by 2030 is going to deploy “Sphere” – the domestic analogue of Starlink and OneWeb, on which they plan to spend at least 300 billion rubles.
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