French Politicians Propose to Tax Game Consoles to Fund Fast Internet in the Countryside
In France, like in many European countries, there’s a big divide in the availability of fiber optic internet between large cities and the countryside. Members of the local parliament proposed a law amendment with the usual solution, more taxes.
The amendment notes that broadband operators earn more from ADSL over copper in the countryside, so they aren’t very eager to equipping areas outside cities with fiber optic infrastructure, leaving to the authorities the responsibility of creating them.
In order to solve the problem, the text propose to activate a territorial digital development fund. The money for the fund would be provided by a 75 Euro cent tax a month on internet subscriptions, which would generate 540 million Euro a year, plus 120 million Euro generated by temporarily taxing TV units and… game consoles.
At the moment, we don’t know is the law project or the amendment will pass, and will keep you posted on future developments.