France wants Google to pay for the development of telecommunications networks

Internet companies such as U.S. giant Google, the most popular search engine in the world, do not contribute enough to the investments made in communications networks, said Minister Eric Besson French industries. “These companies have headquarters abroad, pay no tax while France occupies the dominant position in France.”

The French Government takes into account the development of laws requiring online companies occupying most of the traffic in communications networks to help build and maintain them.
Besson’s comments came after several European operators including France Telecom, Telefonica and Telecom Italia have complained that they have to invest heavily in networks to accommodate the rise of services like YouTube, the site owned by Google videosharing .

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