11:18 31.01.2018

PM mulling compensation to providers for building regional Internet networks

PM mulling compensation to providers for building regional Internet networks

 Ukrainian Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has pointed out the importance of developing the regional Internet networks for digitalizing the economy and he said that he is ready to consider the issue of compensation to operators and providers for development of broadband Internet in the regions, he said at a meeting with business circles and experts of the digital market in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"I think we need to work together with business here. We have a country with different accessibility or a lack of infrastructure. We involve all players in this market. We define common criteria, and we can say that we can create a fund that can be filled with money for compensation a part of the cost of capital expenditures for the development of the networks. The state can take a part of the expenditure on these solutions," Groysman said.

According to him, local authorities that received additional funds through decentralization can also take part in this project.

"Next week, I am ready to hold a meeting with all the key market players, discuss mechanisms of cooperation and common steps. I am ready to work out this decision very quickly. I think that this year we can make the necessary steps," the prime minister said.

Groysman also pointed out the problem of extra regulation of the Ukrainian legislation on access to infrastructure.

"For example, those issues that could be resolved at the governmental level are regulated by the law in the way that every change requires amendments to the law. This situation needs to be changed, and we are now working on it," the prime minister said.

He also pointed out the problem of access to the facilities of energy companies and said that it should also be resolved as soon as possible.

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