France Telecom says online firms should pay for network

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Telephone and Internet provider France Telecom on Thursday said Google and others should be billed according to how much traffic they generate on French networks.

"Using the network (of a provider in France) should be subject to a charge. Those who generate a lot of traffic should contribute according to the traffic they generate," the director general of France Telecom Stephane Richard said.

Speaking at a conference of the Icate telecom and audiovisual institute in Montpellier, southern France, he said Internet firms generating lots of online activity should share the cost of updating networks to meet the demand.

France Telecom was making big investments to expand Internet services which should be accompanied by "a fair sharing of value between content providers and operators," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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