France plans to legislate on net neutrality

Wednesday 13 March 2013 | 08:37 CET | News

France’s digital economy minister Fleur Pellerin has announced that her department would work with the ministries of justice and the interior to draft legislation on net neutrality, Les Echos reports. She made the announcement at an event at which the National Digital Council (CNN) submitted a report on the subject.

The CNN said freedom of expression was not sufficiently protected in French law given the development of filtering, blocking, censorship and throttling. The body suggested that wording be included in a 1986 law on freedom of communication.

The CNN seeks to extend the principle to all services enabling access to information, including search engines, social networks and mobile apps, which, like ISPs, will have to guarantee access to information and to means of expression in non-discrimination, fair and transparent manner.

Nevertheless, the minister said that "Everything was a question of balance. Discussions are underway between private operators, notably on network interconnection. We do not have authority to act on these negotiations".

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