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New equipment within Runet law framework will not lead to traffic slowdown

The head of the Federation Council committee on Constitutional legislation, State Building and one of the authors of the law said that operators'll receive this equipment free of charge from the state

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Application of the law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment (Runet) and relevant equipment commissioning will not lead to worsening of Internet quality for Russian users, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Andrey Klishas said on Monday at a plenary session of the upper house of the Russian parliament during consideration of the law.

"Experts had concerns that installation of relevant equipment will lead to traffic slowdown. This matter was discussed specifically. Furthermore, the equipment was tested. Now significant slowdown of traffic took place," Klishas said.

Senators held meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, who is responsible for the sector, and Minister of Digital Development and Communications Konstantin Noskov. "This matter was subjected to a focused discussion. We were also assured that operation of this equipment will not lead to any worsening for users in technical terms," he said.

"Furthermore, operators will receive this equipment from the government free of charge. They will be obliged to install," Klishas added.

The Russian Federation Council [the upper house of the Russian parliament - TASS] approved the law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment (Runet) in case the country is disconnected from the global Internet infrastructure at a plenary meeting on Monday.

According to the law, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media will be responsible for the coordination of ensuring the stable, secure and seamless function of the Internet in Russia. It is provided that in case threats to stable Internet operation in Russia arise, the service can exercise centralized control over the communication network of general use. Moreover, the government can determine the types of threats and measures to eliminate them.

If the bill passes all stages of approval, the law will take effect in November 2019, excluding the provisions on cryptographic protection of data and national domain name system, which will come into force on January 1, 2021.