The bill aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of digital technology in France was approved by the Senators on Tuesday, January 12. The most radical proposals have disappeared. There is therefore no longer any question of specifically prohibiting “Infinite scroll” websites or the “Spontaneous launch” videos. However, large content providers will be required to respect “A general eco-design repository” which could make these practices disappear. Everything will depend on the definition of this repository, which will aim to limit the use of data from the design of the services.
Binding commitments for operators
Another controversial subject, the elimination of mobile plans with unlimited data. Here again, the proposal faded to make way for binding commitments from operators to Arcep, including in particular pricing “Proportional to the data volume of the package”. The polluter pays principle is therefore confirmed, with the idea of increasing the prices of the most generous data offers to dissuade consumers from tapping into them without counting and encouraging them to resort more to wired connections or less Wi-Fi. impactful for the planet.
Other measures should systematize the standby of boxes, restrict the renewal of terminals and in particular subsidized smartphones, but also promote data centers and networks that consume less energy. It is therefore a question of setting environmental criteria for the allocation of frequencies for operators.
The text is now in the hands of the deputies. It originated in an information mission entrusted to Patrick Chaize and was then carried by the Senate’s Commission for Regional Planning and Sustainable Development.
Source : the Senate
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