French regulator ARCEP is moving ahead with an investigation into Verizon and AT&T because the two companies have failed in an attempt to block aforesaid entity from investigating interconnection agreements.
France’s Conseil d’Etat has ruled that ARCEP has the power to investigate the dealings between the two carriers and bandwidth providers. The major issue involved here is net neutrality. French regulators want to make sure that relationships are running smoothly between ISPs such as AT&T and Verizon and their Internet backbone providers. In the past, certain ISPs have been suspected of throttling Internet traffic. Such ISPs have also been singled out for charging extra money to backbone providers to carry bandwith-heavy content to Internet users.
Now it’ll be interesting to see what ARCEP digs up.