Internet Association Professes Creation of Popular Telecommunication Services Fund for 10% of Funds to Be Raised From Privatization of Ukrtelecom

The Internet Association of Ukraine professes the creation of the Fund for Popular (universal) Telecommunication Services for 10% of funds to be raised from the privatization of Ukrtelecom, Ukraine’s largest telecommunication company.

Ukrainian News learned this from a statement by the Internet Association of Ukraine.

Tetiana Popova, the board chairperson of the Internet Association of Ukraine, gave this position during a meeting of a workgroup on the draft law concerning provision of access to popular (universal) telecommunication services.

As an alternative, Tetiana Popova proposed to oblige a new owner of Ukrtelecom to provide popular telecommunication services and provide them for ten years to subscribers in some remote districts.

According to the statement, the draft law discussed during the meeting on the creation of the Fund for Popular (universal) Telecommunication Services has been drawn up by the State Communications Administration on order from the Transport and Communications Ministry. The draft law has yet to be registered with the Verkhovna Rada.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Transport and Communications Minister Kostiantyn Yefymenko and Ukrtelecom CEO Heorhii Dzekon profess the creation the Fund for Popular (universal) Telecommunication Services.

In January 2009, the Cabinet of Ministers proposed the Verkhovna Rada to create the Fund for Popular (universal) Telecommunication Services for deductions of 3% of cost of services provided by communications operators. However, the Verkhovna Rada in March 2009 refused to endorse the law on the creation of the Fund for Popular Telecommunication Services.

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