Wholesale flat rate in France
What has long been prevented by the Internet community, but by Deutsche Telekom by all means, has now been implemented in France, a wholesale flat rate. According to the French regulatory authority for telecommunications ART, which, compared to the RegTP, apparently works with people who have an idea of their area, an agreement has now been reached with France Telecom on the details of a wholesale flat rate.
This was made possible by a complaint from French Internet providers who had asked the regulatory authority for assistance in September 2000. In addition, the appeal by around 30 IT companies put further pressure on the regulatory authority. They vehemently demanded a wholesale flat rate for France, whereby even the French President Chaques Chirac demanded a wholesale flat rate 'in the interests of France'. For example, the offer submitted by France Telecom in February of 165,000 francs for 2 Mbit/s access per year was traded down by ART to 145,000 francs. This corresponds to approx. 43,200 Marks, which means that flat-rate access to the Internet for approx. 54 Marks should be feasible. There is a small catch, however, because ART announced that this offer does not allow unlimited use of the Internet. Whatever that means, you certainly want to prevent the telephone network from being overloaded with the help of restrictions.