The government chose not to enact coercive measures, however, stating that the regulation of the online activities of children was up to parents, not the government.
The government did, however, levy a tax on pornographic online services.
in By early 1986 1.4 million terminals were connected to Minitel, with plans to distribute another million by the end of the year.
To reduce opposition from newspapers worried about competition from an electronic network, they were allowed to establish the first consumer services on Minitel.
It was accessible through the phone number 11; on 18 October 1996 (new French numbering system adopted), the access to the phone directory changed to 3611.
Companies could add up to 3 lines of complementary information and a "prehistoric" website.
France Télécom retired the service on 30 June 2012.Russia introduces an anti-gay law, while Britain makes marriage legal.The Minitel was a Videotex online service accessible through telephone lines, and is considered one of the world's most successful pre-World Wide Web online services.In 2005, the most popular Minitel application was Teleroute, the online real-time freight exchange, which accounted for nearly 8% of Minitel usage.In December 1985 Minitel users made more than 22 million calls, up 400% in one year.2,000 private companies earned 289 million francs (about million) during the year; Libération earned 2.5 million francs (about 0,000) from the service in September.In the late 1990s, Minitel connections were stable at 100 million a month plus 150 million online directory inquiries, in spite of growing use of the World Wide Web.Developed by 10,000 companies, in 1996, almost 26,000 different services were available.The development of Minitel spawned the creation of many start-up companies in a manner similar to the later dot-com bubble of World Wide Web-related companies.The main uses were banking and financial services, which benefit from Minitel's security features, and access to professional databases.France Télécom mentions, as an example of usage, that 12 million updates to personal "carte vitale" health-care cards were made through Minitel.