The Russian Internet Video association (I-V) has written to the Ministry of Communications asking it to oblige telecom operators not to restrict the traffic of OTT services during periods of high network demand.
Kommersant reports that I-V, whose members include ivi, Okko, Megogo, Amediateka and tvzavr, would also like to see the TV channels carried on the first and second multiplexes be included in such a whitelist.
It adds that at the same time the association has called for the creation of a blacklist of pirate sites that have not yet been blocked by the regulator Roskomnadzor.
This could be done by using the registry of violations created in the framework of the anti-piracy memorandum.
The registry has already resulted in the removal of 2.8 million links to pirated content from search results in the last year and a half.
Although the viewership of pirate sites has grown during the lock-down, there is little enthusiasm for I-V’s proposals, with telcos such as MegFon, VimpelCom and MTS expressing support for network neutrality.