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Internet in France has been available to the general public since 1994, but widespread Internet use didn't take off until the mid-2000s.

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In metropolitan France, intense competition between Internet service providers has led to the introduction of moderately-priced high speed ADSL up to 28 Mbit/s (ATM), VDSL2 up to 100 Mbit/s, and FTTX up to 1 Gbit/s from €26 per month.

They often include other services such as unlimited free Vo IP telephone communications to land lines, and digital television. Since around 2003, quotas have been seen as outdated and consequently, all the fixed broadband internet offers in France are unmetered.

Initially only available to a small number of users in a few companies and universities, the general public began to have haccess to Internet starting from 1994, and Internet sue was democratized in the early 2000s with the emergence of ADSL.

During the summer of 1988, the INRIA connected the Sophia Antipolis NSFNet network to Princeton by a satellite link leased to France Telecom and MCI.

The link became operational on 8 August 1988, and allowed INRIA researchers to access the US network and allowed NASA researchers access to an astronomical database based in Strasbourg.

This was the first time that French networks were connected directly to a network using TCP-IP, the Internet protocol.Internet access was limited to research and education for some years In 1992, almost simultaneously, French Data Network and Altern (via the service Minitel ALTERN 3616) enabled the general public to connect to the Internet network.World Wide Web access did not yet exist at the time and the services offered were email, the news of the Usenet network, access to many software archives documentation, and access to Internet network machines.The first real public service provider was World Net which opened in February 1994 at the Computer Associates Expo.France Net, founded by Rafi Haladjian, launched its service in June 1994.These were followed by order Calvacom, Internet Way and Imaginet.

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