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Russian government planning open access rules

The Russian ministry of communications is planning to implement new open access rules covering the country’s fixed-line network providers, according to local reports.

According to Izvestia, the ministry is planning to amend the country’s housing code and its current communications law to enable service providers to more easily place their equipment in apartment buildings.

The legislation is designed to prevent operators from overcharging apartment dwellers for services through exclusive deals with management companies. Generally, housing companies have been able to set their own rules and charges for access to buildings, leading to reported widespread abuses.