French digital minister: “Net neutrality must be guaranteed”

15 Jan, 2013

Today, French minister of Economy and Finance Fleur Pellerin held a round table on net neutrality. The meeting was already scheduled, but it gained significance after French ISP Free unilaterally blocked Google ads after a firmware release of its modem.

Pellerin asked the Conseil National du Numérique (CNN) for advice on the matter, and said the French government would make its official position on net neutrality clear at the end of February.

But from the reporting in Clubic, it seems like Pellerin is convinced of the importance of net neutrality, not only for economic but also societal reasons:

“A neutral internet is at the heart of several big evolutions – both social and societal – because the internet plays an important role in our freedom of expression. I feel that the net neutrality from the computer to the content provider must be guaranteed. We can’t tolerate any form of censorship by some market players”.

via Clubic via La Quadrature du Net, Photo: LeWeb, Flickr

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