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France to mandate fiber optics in all new buildings

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri April 25, 2008

French fiber-optics law

On Thursday, the French government announced its plans to pass a law that would require all new apartment buildings to be pre-wired with fiber-optic cable for Internet access. A proposal that would include such a requirement is reported to go in front of the Parliament this spring, and will involve all buildings of at least 25 units. The government is trying to speed along adoption of fast broadband access with this law, as the country's three biggest Internet providers have committed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on fiber-optic networks in the near future.

The costs of the installation would be passed along to the home buyer by being included in the purchase price. If it is enacted, the law would require all new specified homes built from 2010 onward to feature access for all network operators at the main entrance, according to government spokesperson Luc Chatel.

Operators would need to agree whether or not to share local switching nodes and if so, how to do it. The government would leave the French telecommunications regulator, Arcep, to deal with issues regarding competition between the providers outside of the building access, Chatel continued.

If passed, the undertaking would represent a $15.8 billion investment over a 10-year period.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    interesting idea, but I think most French people are too busy getting it on then to download p***

  1. rubaiyat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The French have a history of government mandated technological advancement. Back in the early '90s they introduced a computerised telephone book system.

    Sometimes it takes a push for corporations to do the right thing and as long as the choice is a sensible one the benefits of a guarranteed market quickly cover any additional costs.

    Unfortunately getting too far in front of everyone else can add to the cost without producing all the benefits. It also makes you the crash test dummy.

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