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Russian ISPs plan internet disconnection test for entire country

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At a time and date during 2019 yet to be confirmed, Russia’s major ISPs will in unison temporarily disconnect their servers from the internet, effectively cutting the country off from the outside world.

From the point of view of Russian internet users, everything will appear normal – as long as they are connecting to websites hosted in Russia, which will still work. Anything beyond its borders will suddenly become unavailable, presumably with a message telling them why. It’s not clear how long the test disconnection will go on for.

According to a translated report by Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK), the aim will be to test the feasibility of a concept dubbed the “sovereign RuNet”, or the Russian Internet.

A draft law proposing such a thing reached Russia’s parliament in December, since when the implications of the test disconnection, however temporary, have dawned on nervous local ISPs.

ISPs want more money to help with the test, as well as guarantees they won’...(continued)

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