Starlink Satellite Internet in Russia may be prohibited

At the end of May, SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites into near-earth orbit , which are intended to create a world-wide accessible Internet. About 12,000 satellites are planned to use for its full-fledged work, however, thousands of devices will be enough for the initial stage of work, therefore it is believed that the Starlink launch will take place already in 2020 . The availability of satellite Internet in Russia was initially questioned, and now it has become even stronger – the first official prerequisites for its ban have appeared.

The Federation Council of the Russian Federation was bill introducedon amending one of the points of the Code of Administrative Offenses. This is the 13th chapter entitled “Administrative Offenses in the Field of Communications and Information” – it is proposed to add information on penalties for the use of satellite networks under the jurisdiction of foreign states. These include Starlink satellites and devices from other companies that are working to create a world-wide accessible Internet.

Starlink will be fined for use
The proposed rules currently apply only to officials, individual entrepreneurs and organizations, but it is possible that in the future individuals will also be punished for using Starlink networks and the like. Penalties are limited to fines, the size of which in some cases is quite impressive.

Fines for using the use of foreign satellite communications networks:
for officials – from 10 to 30 thousand rubles;
for individual entrepreneurs – from 70 to 200 thousand rubles;
for legal entities – from 500 thousand to 1 million rubles.
Also, the prerequisites for the ban on Starlink in Russia can be considered a bill amending the federal law “On Communications” prohibiting the importation into the country of subscriber terminals of all unregistered operators in Russia. It is believed that such measures will prevent the leakage of confidential data of residents of the country – more information about this can be found in our material about the approval of the bill on the isolation of the Russian Internet .

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