AS use of the internet increases one of the first things people check when heading to France is if there is broadband access in the area they are moving to.
If you are setting up a business a high-speed connection via ADSL is important, especially if transferring large files or if there is a need to keep the telephone line free.
But it can also be useful if you want to keep in touch with family and friends by sending digital photos, using web cams or even using the telephone over the internet.
The Journal du Net website is a source of French language news and advice on all things internet and computing.
One of the most useful pages they have is a service that allows you to check if your area is eligible to receive broadband services.
(UPDATE 16/04/09: The link above has been changed by Journal du Net to point towards a broadband speed test, not exactly what was there previously.
And now that broadband is often cheaper than normal dial-up access it is worth doing some research.
The site asks you to enter your telephone number and postcode, and then scoots off and checks if broadband is available.
But what is good about the site is that it also outlines what’s available from different internet service providers (ISPs) and tells you if they can provide broadband access.
They check ten ISPs: Cegetel, Club Internet, EasyConnect, Free, La Poste, Nerim, Neuf Télécom, Tele2, Tiscali and Wanadoo.
This is handy especially if you are already signed up with one company and it just means changing your account details.
The results are clearly laid out and simple to understand, definitely a site worth popping in your favourites.
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