Belarusian Crackdown on Home Computer Networks Behind Schedule

Text of report in English by Belarusian privately-owned news agency Belapan

Minsk, 2 July: Efforts to crack down on "illegal" home computer networks are being foiled by the difficulty of discovering such networks, Stsyapan Vaytsyashonak, chief engineer at the Minsk Television Information Networks, told Belapan.

This past February, the Minsk Television Information Networks announced plans to disable home networks by July.

When asked how many networks were disabled, Vaytsyashonak said that he was not aware as the crackdown was not coordinated. He said that the work continued, with the administration of the city's districts helping detect illegal networks.

Vaytsyashonak stressed that tenants should obtain permission from the city executive committee for establishing networks.

Under the plan, the state-run company was to establish the names and addresses of all home computer network administrators before 1 April and take stock of all equipment used by the networks by 1 May.

The company has the right to authorize electricians to cut off wires to disable home computer networks.

Originally published by Belapan news agency, Minsk, in English 1335 2 Jul 08.