A French Senate report proposes the creation of a “fee”, that is, a financial contribution from digital giants for the use of terrestrial communications networks that required huge investments, and which they enjoy for free. Says the report titled “Five Plans to Rebuild Economic Sovereignty,” released Thursday. “This request from the operators makes sense to us,” Sophie Primas, Senator LR, lead rapporteur of the 300-page document, told AFP, with Amel Gacquerre (Modem) and Franck Montaugé (PS), making 50 recommendations in Total to increase the rule of law. France in several areas are considered strategic, such as the food and energy industry. In the telecommunications sector, the report, presented Thursday in Bercy, called for the development of a “sovereign and flexible network” of submarine cables connecting France and other EU countries. and concerns about European “weaknesses”. The report adds: “There is a real interdependence between terrestrial and maritime communication infrastructures, which must be considered a coherent strategic whole: European submarine cables should, as a priority, connect data centers located on the territory of the European Union.”
“Unlike investments in terrestrial infrastructure, investments in undersea communications cables are now driven by Gafam (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft) and demand from NATUs (Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla and Uber) who have the financial ability to fund these Infrastructures and they are now the first and main customers of the cable industry.” “With the possible exception of the military and intelligence sphere, there are no institutional orders from European countries for submarine communication cables,” adds the document concerned with the vision of “regulating Internet traffic passing through private property cables” to become “a new negotiating lever in EU-GFAAM relations.” It also calls for the “compulsory localization of data of companies and individuals on the territory of the European Union”.