Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – France

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – France

The French regulatory framework is still based on the historical distinction between telecoms and postal activities, on the one hand, and radio and television activities, on the other hand (sectors are still governed by separate legislation and by separate regulators). Amendments in the past 15 years reflect the progress and the convergence of electronic communications, media and technologies; and the liberalisation of the TMT sectors caused by the de facto competition between fixed telephony (a monopoly until 1998) and new technologies of terrestrial, satellite and internet networks. French law also mirrors the EU regulatory framework through the enactment of the three EU Telecoms Packages in 1996, 2002 and 2009, which have been fully transposed into French law.

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