INTUG Disappointed by further Delay to Abolition of Roaming Charges

The European Council wants to delay plans already voted on by the European Parliament to abolish international roaming within the European Union with three years till 2018.

INTUG Chairman Danielle Jacobs said today, "INTUG is deeply disappointed that the European Council has decided to postpone the abolition of international roaming charges within the European Union.

This outdated and punitive tax on trade, especially for data roaming, continues to block investment in cross border business applications, while continuing to remind citizens that in telecommunications there is still no Single Market. Opportunities for machine to machine communications will continue to be hindered, and Europe’s competitive position damaged while this unjustified payment is levied.”

Commenting on the other major element of the European Council decision, relating to Network Neutrality, she said, “INTUG is monitoring the debate on network neutrality carefully, including the risks associated with inconsistent policy and regulation between the EU and the US, following the recent FCC decision. Businesses need choice in Internet service quality. This must be delivered transparently by differentiation without discrimination”.

Earlier this week, European Commissioners responsible for digital affairs jointly appealed to member states to stop resisting efforts to end surcharges for mobile roaming.

Picture credit: Antoine Meissonnier (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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