SFR fibre strategy attracts political opposition in proposal for new law

Tuesday 19 September 2017 | 11:35 CET | News

A group of French senators is working on a law proposal that aims to protect the investment made by the state in public-initiative fibre networks, known as RIP (‘Reseaux d'Initiative Publique’), reports Le Monde. The move was prompted by the fibre strategy announced by SFR in July, which could lead to duplicate fibre networks in under-served areas already receiving public funding.

The proposal, expected to be presented in two-weeks’ time, targets the threat of unfair competition faced by local authorities investing in fibre infrastructure. Among its main backers is Patrick Chaize, a French senator and president of Avicca, an association of French local authorities working on digital issues. 

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