A Russian government committee has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Communications clarifying the business model to be used cable operators.

Under it, reports Kommersant, the latter will be prohibited from charging their subscribers for terrestrial (FTA) channels.

Furthermore, they will not be allowed to create regional versions of channels with their own programming without having first signed a contract with those channels.

An advertising ban on non-terrestrial channels will come into effect in Russia at the beginning of next year.

Operators of such channels are expected to raise their distribution fees to make up for shortfalls in their revenues.