The Novosibirsk Region was one of the first in Russia to complete the project “Eliminating Digital Inequality”. Last year, about 280 remote settlements were connected to the World Wide Web.
They pulled fibre-optic cables into the villages and equipped a number of social institutions with Wi-Fi routers. Now the Internet is in hundreds of schools and village councils. The program was implemented at the expense of federal and regional budgets, public-private partnerships.
“We entered a pilot project on infrastructure within the school. 233 pilot schools received equipment at the end of 2019. The amount is 438 million rubles. The governor agreed on approximately the same amount for 2020, so that we could deploy it, by September 1, the schools were fully connected, with full digital capabilities,” says Anatoly Dubanov, Minister of Digital Development and Communications of the Novosibirsk Region.
The goals of this year are to bring the global network to the smallest villages with less than 250 people, to provide educational institutions with modern equipment.