ALERTS : ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES - FINES - INCREASE - REITERATION

Broadband Internet: The French Competition Council rules on practices in the area of access to broadband Internet (France Telecom)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Facts France Telecom was sanctioned for abusing its dominant position. The latter discriminated against Internet service providers competing with its subsidiary Wanadoo, firstly by making available to them information on the eligibility of ADSL lines that was less up-to-date and less precise than that made available by its own subsidiary, and secondly by not setting up a system for ordering an ADSL line that was as direct and fast as that of its subsidiary. The Competition Council fined him EUR 45 million. It considered that the repetition of anti-competitive practices justified a 50% increase in the penalty imposed on the incumbent operator. Decision

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Marie Koehler de Montblanc, Broadband Internet: The French Competition Council rules on practices in the area of access to broadband Internet (France Telecom), 15 October 2007, Concurrences N° 1-2008, Art. N° 27516, www.concurrences.com

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