South Urals residents will receive payments from the regional budget in connection with the transition to digital television
In the Chelyabinsk region, a law was passed that expanded the list of beneficiaries entitled to social support in connection with the transition to digital broadcasting. The bill was prepared and aimed at approval of the South Ural parliament at the initiative of the head of the region Alexei Teksler.
“This is a correct and timely decision,” commented Alexei Leonidovich. - In the regional budget, we have provided about 300 million rubles for the payment of compensation to the South Urals in connection with the transition to digital television. With the adoption of the new law, more residents of the region who need special care of the state can take advantage of the benefits. ”
According to the new law, the list of those who are compensated for the purchase of digital consoles and antennas includes hearing impaired people, home front workers, former minor prisoners of fascist camps, children of dead defenders of the Fatherland and victims of political repression. Another concession is for low-income South Urals residents. The right to receive subsidies is granted to families whose per capita income does not exceed one and a half times the subsistence level. Previously, compensation was relied only on persons with disabilities and participants in the Great Patriotic War, widows of participants in the Great Patriotic War, residents of besieged Leningrad, as well as low-income residents of the region.
A lump sum payment is provided in the amount of the actual cost of acquiring consoles and antennas, but not more than a thousand rubles. To receive compensation, it is necessary to apply with applications and documents to the social security department of the population at the place of residence.
Special conditions are provided for beneficiaries of those settlements that are outside the digital signal reception zone and where, after turning off the analogue broadcasting, the only way to receive the television and radio signal will be satellite television. For them, the lump sum payment is significantly larger and amounts to the amount of actually incurred expenses associated with the acquisition and installation of satellite equipment, but not more than 6500 rubles. More than a thousand families of the Chelyabinsk region have already taken advantage of state support measures.
By agreement with the regional government, satellite broadcasting operators NTV-PLUS LLC, PJSC Mobile Tele Systems, Orion Express LLC (Telecard), NAO National Satellite Company (Tricolor) offer residents of settlements who are outside the digital reception area TV, purchase satellite sets at a preferential price - 6.5 thousand rubles - with further unlimited viewing of 20 publicly available Russian channels without a monthly fee. The promotion is valid until August 31, 2019. The head of the region, Alexei Texler, instructed the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies to work out the issue of its extension.
We add that on the portal "Active Resident 74" opros.gosuslugi74.ru there is a survey on the region’s readiness to switch to digital television. About one and a half thousand people have already taken part in the study of public opinion. The survey will last until September 16.
For reference: on October 14, 2019 in the Chelyabinsk region, the analogue broadcasting will be replaced by the era of digital television, and with it 20 free federal channels with excellent picture and sound quality and with a signal resistant to interference. To receive the “numbers”, the TV must support a DVB-T2 format signal. If the standard is not supported, you need to buy a digital set-top box once. The average cost is 1000 rubles. For those who bought a digital set-top box, but cannot connect it on their own, there is a hotline for switching to digital broadcasting at 8-800-220-20-02. Specialists will advise on connecting equipment or accept an application for volunteer assistance. In total, there are 2,000 “digital” volunteers in the region; they provide free assistance to the South Urals. Compared to May 2019, the number of trained volunteers increased by 36%. The deadline for processing applications is 5 business days. The contest for the title of “Best Volunteer in Connecting Digital TV” has started. The winners will be awarded with gifts, thanks from the Ministry of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, as well as letters of thanks from the government of the Chelyabinsk region. Three volunteers will represent the Chelyabinsk region at the celebration of the International Volunteer Day in Moscow on December 5, 2019.