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5G networks

Japan to require internet users to pay 5G maintenance fees

System to begin in 2024 with goal of bringing fast speeds to rural areas

The Japanese government wants to spread the costs of maintaining a truly nationwide fiber-optic network as thinly as possible. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- Japan's communications ministry will introduce a system in which everyone in the country who uses the internet will be charged a small fee, with proceeds going to maintain the fiber-optic infrastructure needed for the next-generation 5G mobile standard.

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