On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a public notice that the countrys telecoms have agreed to pay up to 50 percent of all broadband bills, and the price for Internet access in Israel is expected to rise to about $30 per month.
According to the announcement, Israel has already surpassed the 50 percent threshold, but the amount is only to be determined, and it will depend on how many Internet service providers sign on to the deal.
Netanyahu’s office noted that the agreement was negotiated by the Communications Ministry, not the telecoms, and that Tel Aviv’s current network is “unacceptably congested” and has limited capacity.
In addition to the payment, the ministry is also working to improve the quality of Internet service in the country.
Netziv Media and the Israeli telecoms were able to secure the agreement by getting a number of telecoms to agree to “reasonable terms,” such as a “minimum amount of bandwidth and capacity,” as well as to have their network be “as good as the best in the world.”
The move to establish a “burdensome” Internet service is a move that will be met with opposition from many citizens, who fear the increase in the price of Internet access will cause a loss of jobs and economic hardship.
Tel Aviv residents, however, do not have the option of signing up to this agreement, and instead have to pay their own Internet bill.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Communications, a typical monthly Internet bill for a household in Israel costs about $200.
Netizens also complained about the increased costs, and noted that some Internet users had to pay a monthly surcharge to get access to certain websites.
Netikvotz, a site that tracks Internet prices, estimates that the increase will cost the country’s Internet users around $3 billion a year.
Netzel said that in some cases, such as in cases of emergencies or when the Internet service provider has no capacity to deal with a surge in traffic, users may have to “pay a premium” to access the Internet.
In response, the Ministry for Communications and the Communications Authority have promised to introduce measures to make sure that prices in Israel do not rise significantly.
Netziutz notes that the price increase is in line with the cost of living, and adds that the cost is justified due to the current economic climate.
“Israel has a relatively poor economy,” Netzel said.
“There is no need to increase the cost.
It is simply a matter of economics.”
Netziz says that if the price increases are implemented quickly, they will help the country achieve the goals of the Digital City Initiative, a plan to make the Internet accessible to all citizens.
“This initiative aims to promote broadband connectivity to all people, regardless of their age, location, or income,” Netziz said.