French regulator moving forward with Verizon  AT&T interconnection investigation

When you think about it, does anyone really know what's going on behind the scenes of the internet? While you're attempting to figure out how "42" is the obvious answer to that, French regulator ARCEP is moving ahead with an investigation into Verizon and AT&T. Specifically, the two have failed in an attempt to block the aforesaid entity from investigating interconnection agreements.

For those unaware, these types of deals are widely viewed as being able to undermine net neutrality, and we've seen the FCC look into similar matters here in the United States. The long and short of it is as follows: with high-bandwidth services growing rapidly, ISPs far and wide are contemplating the move to extract additional revenue out of backbone providers by charging them to deliver heavy traffic to end users. It'll be interesting to see what ARCEP digs up -- something tells us the findings will be known well beyond the borders of France.

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