France to intervene in broadband coverage

France will shortly call on telecoms operators to offer broadband services across all its territory for a maximum of €35 (£29.3) a month, a government minister said on Thursday.This would make France the first country in the European Union to effectively mandate the supply of broadband services.It signals a retreat by France from its informal campaign to include broadband in EU rules for operators that are designated universal service providers.To read this Reuters report in full, see uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKTRE4AQ6M820081127.

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