French Government studies merging content and comms regulation

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 23-08-2012

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has given the first impetus to the merger of broadcast and telecom regulators CSA and Arcep.

Monsieur Ayrault has commissioned three of his ministers to study the way to bring together contents and pipes with first proposals expected for the end of November.

The telecoms regulator Arcep oversees operators, making key decisions on mobile licences and broadband policy. Regulatory body CSA controls France's TV and radio channels, with a focus on the protection of French creation and culture.

The move tunes in with the digital technology changes that have radically transformed how content is distributed and consumed around France. The move would potentially shake up the way companies like France Telecom, Vivendi and TF1 are currently regulated.

“Ministers will submit their conclusions to the prime minister before the end of November and propose any needed regulatory changes or legislation,” the Prime Minister’s office added in a statement.