France, Italy and Spain are pressing the European Commission to develop legislation that partially allows Big Tech firms to finance the telecommunications infrastructure in the bloc, A document shown on Monday.
This was the first time the three governments expressed their joint position on the issue.
EU regulators said in May they were analyzing whether tech giants Alphabet’s Google, Meta and Netflix should bear some of the costs of upgrading telecommunications networks.
In a joint paper, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, the three governments said the six largest content providers accounted for 55% of internet traffic.
“This generates specific costs for European telecom operators in terms of capacity, at a time they are already hugely investing in the most costly parts of the networks with 5G and Fiber-To-The-Home,” the document said.
It urged European telecom networks and large online content providers to pay fair shares of network costs.
“We call for a legislative proposal … ensuring all market players contribute to digital infrastructure costs,” the document said.
Two Italian government officials confirmed the details of the joint document. One of them said Rome’s government was set to give informal support in its caretaking capacity ahead of a general election in September.
The French and Spanish governments did immediately respond to a request for comment.