Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he wanted the overwhelming majority of Russians to get access to the Internet in the next few years.
"We set rather ambitious goals to increase the number of Internet users in several years to the highest rate, perhaps of 90 people out of 100," he told an International Economic Forum in St Petersburg.
Medvedev did not specify when he wanted the goal to be reached, but he said that by 2015 60 percent of Russians should have access to broad-band Internet connections. According to various estimates up to 30 percent of Russians are now using the Internet.
Medvedev said that since Russia took a course on modernization, it must focus on the development of information and communication technologies.
ST. PETERSBURG, June 18 (RIA Novosti)