European Union vote clears the way to end roaming charges

Free roaming within the European Union is a step closer today, after the European parliament voted in favor of laws that would abolish roaming fees between EU member states, as part of a package of telecom reforms. The package, originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, moves Europe closer to a single market for mobile communication, especially with the recent arrival of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers.

Should it pass muster with ministers from member nations, Europeans can look forward to roaming charges becoming a thing of the past. GigaOm reports that after clearing this final hurdle, European roaming fees could be eliminated by the end of 2015. It's worth remembering, however, that this would only affect subscribers to European mobile networks, not those from outside the EU roaming within Europe.

The EU telecoms package also included strong protections for net neutrality, making it illegal for network providers to block or impose speed restrictions on data based on the sender or recipient. It's a major victory for tech firms in Europe considering the recent setbacks faced by net neutrality in the U.S.

Source: Europa.eu; Via GigaOm

 

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European Union vote clears the way to end roaming charges, enforce net neutrality

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Way to go! Happy to be soon able to visit other European countries without having to worry about roaming costs!

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This is great news. I hope that they can get their act together and make it happen.

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However, here net neutrality is a not even close to being a reality. Comcast, the cable and Internet mafia, is already charging content providers fees for better access (Netflix).

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Europe knows how to regulate cell phones. Too bad the US is all about who has the most money to throw at politicians.

I hope Norway and Switzerland will join this soon. It's easy to forget oneself that they are not EU. Ripoff galore!

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i'd take a slightly higher mobile phone bill and higher standard of living and culture here in the states, than their creepy sinister extreme version of socialism they're forcing down everyone's throats.
and socialist healthcare? over my dead body !!! (pun not intended). you literally have beaurocrats deciding who gets to live and who gets to die.

Bingo, but don't think merica is much better. Government is always trying to live your life no matter where you are.

Your understanding of social healthcare is Misguided. Though I don't think a technology website is the best place for a discussion. Though I will make one counter point. Doctors and hospitals are run pretty much the same way the world over. The Social aspect refers to the fact that everyone is allowed access; rich and poor are asked to pay what they can afford, an none is ever turned away.

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