A recent government study reveals that more than a third of Russia’s small towns and villages have no access to the Internet.
Despite the boom in Internet use in Russia, some 6,700 localities have no opportunity to get online, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media said on its website. The figure represents 38 percent of the 17,500 towns and villages with populations of between 500 and 10,000 people in Russia.
About 1,300 places, or 7.6 percent, also have no access to cellular networks, according to the study published Thursday.
The majority of non-Internet areas are in the republics of Dagestan and Karachayevo-Cherkessia and the Stavropol Region in the Caucasus mountains, the southern steppes of the Republic of Kalmykia, the Nenets autonomous district in the far north and the Novosibirsk region in Siberia.
The federal government plans to provide Internet access by 2018 to 93 percent of Russia’s population of 143 million.
About 52 million Russians, or 45 percent of the adult population, went online daily as of last summer, the state-run pollster Public Opinion Foundation said in September.
Author: Julia Alieva