Almost a third of Russian schools overpay for the Internet, according to a study by the ONF. Its leadership sent recommendations to the office of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko on a uniform tariff and quality of services for educational institutions.
In September 2020, the All-Russian Popular Front (ONF) monitored the quality of Internet services in almost 2.7 thousand educational institutions from 73 regions. The results were outrageous, ONF co-chair Yelena Shmeleva told Izvestia. It was found that 22% of schools pay for the Internet twice as much as the average price in Russia, and 6% spend three times as much.
“Thus, about a third of educational organizations implementing programs of basic and secondary general education are in an unequal position in relation to other similar organizations. This is due to the fact that they are forced to spend more on paying for services to ensure access to the Internet in the absence of a direct relationship between the cost of services and speed, “- explained the co-chair of the ONF.
Three initiatives are outlined in the letter to Dmitry Chernyshenko. It is proposed to monitor the cost of providers’ services to ensure access to the Internet for general education organizations. You should also determine the reasons for the significant excess of the cost of services over the national average. And finally, to consider the development of a mechanism for determining and fixing a single tariff for all schools for paying for the provider’s services to ensure access to the Internet, as well as adopting a single quality standard for all regions of the Russian Federation, provided to general educational organizations of the connection.
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