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France Mulls Fees for Websites Using French ISPs

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The French government is again considering an option to allow telecoms networks levy a fee to content providers for carrying their website traffic.

Technology Minister Fleur Pellerin confirmed the move after also instructing the local ISP, Iliad to stop blocking adverts served by Google's own advertising platform. The ISP started blocking the adverts after rolling out a software upgrade to the routers it supplies to its customers.

Blocking the adverts reduces the traffic load for the ISP, but it drew protests from websites that generate their income from those same adverts (as does this website).

"What solutions do Internet providers have when faced with content providers who use their networks but don't invest in them?" Pellerin said during a press conference in Paris. "We need to ask serious questions about how Web companies can put some money into networks."

Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg and Pellerin will host a debate with the ISPs and major content providers in a couple of weeks time.

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