Ukrainian Internet providers must prepare to license their activities


This follows from the President’s decree of 6 December 2001, which brings into effect the decision of the Council of national security and defense of 31 October 2001 ’On measures of perfecting the state informational policy and providing the informational security of Ukraine’.

As the official President’s web-site informs, the Cabinet of Ministers must prepare within two months the law draft on making the necessary changes in the existing laws, which draft should envisage the licensing. Besides the Internet providers must obligatorily store the information about the Internet traffic during half a year. This is mentioned in the President’s order to the government. The order makes it obligatory for the government to hand, within six months, to the Supreme Rada the law draft ’On the protection of information in informational computer systems’. As the newspaper ’Day’, close to Marchuk, wrote, at the last two sittings of the Council of national security the participants drew the conclusion that telecommunication sphere in Ukraine is connected with crime, and ’in the informative sphere one can observe negative tendencies, which endanger national interests and harm its international image’. The dreams of the President about suffocating the Ukrainian Internet are embodied in the Decree of 6 December. So, handing of licenses for rendering services concerning inter-town and international communications is suspended until the law ’On telecommunication’ is adopted and until the package of shares of the national operator of communications ’Ukrtelecom’ is sold to an industrial investor. The Cabinet of Ministers must develop the corresponding propositions during one month. Nowadays nine companies have the licenses for rendering the services concerning inter-town and international communications. Six more companies want to get such licenses. The tendencies singled out by the Council of national security and pointed out in the President’s Edict of 6 December will be also considered by the anti-monopoly committee that will check if regional companies observe the anti-monopoly laws. Evhen Marchuk, the head of the Council of national security, will control the execution of the Decree, the agency ’Interfax-Ukraine’ informs.

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