Wednesday, October 10, 2012

When Internet Traffic and Peering Agreement meet French Competition Law

By Nathalie David, Ph.D., Berkeley LL.M. Candidate

On September 20, 2012, the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) released an interesting decision that is believed to be the first on this topic by a competition authority. It confirms that data network operators who conclude an agreement to organize peering Рthe voluntary interconnection of separate data networks and the exchange of data between these networks Рcan charge fees for the opening of additional data transit technical capability.