French Government, ISPs Want Google, Others to Invest in Infrastructure

The French government is studying ways to push large Web companies to pay local Internet providers more for the bandwidth being used, a minister said Monday, in a sign of how European countries are intensifying efforts to wring revenue out of largely American businesses such as Google Inc.

Fleur Pellerin, France’s technology minister, said the government is looking at how existing telecommunication regulations could be harnessed to ensure Web giants help pay to roll out and maintain high-speed networks.

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