French ISP Backs Off Bid To Block Online Ads

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 4:55 PM EST) -- French Internet service provider Free on Monday reportedly agreed to remove an ad-blocking filter it had installed on customers’ routers without their knowledge after a government agency said it was unacceptable to restrict advertisers’ access to the Web.

Free made the filter available to its customers Jan. 3, but it was turned on by default, according to Wired magazine. When the French minister for the digital economy, Fleur Pellerin, learned of it, she asked the company to remove the filter, saying the move was not consistent...
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