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Clanrickard

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More gobbledigook from the EU. They have no business interfering in the free market.
 

Clanrickard

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I'm sure you can make a special deal with your mobile operator to pay them more, if you prefer.
Mobile phone companies today but which industry will it be tomorrow? The track record of heavily state regulated enterprise is to say the least patchy.
 

MsAnneThrope

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The BBC's Dominic Hughes in Strasbourg says one customer was hit with a bill of more than 39,000 euros (£34,000; $50,000) for downloading a single episode of a television show.
!!!!

Holy *****
Unreal. What was he downloading? "Watchdog"? :)
 

Ren84

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The end is in sight for EU roaming charges..........

The European Commission is planning to abolish roaming charges in the EU by next summer.

The 27 European Commissioners last week voted to fast track major reforms of telecoms regulations, which aim to merge all 27 EU countries in a single telecom market.
Speaking today at the Single Telecom Market for Growth and Jobs public hearing in Brussels, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said: "The EU has already taken action on mobile roaming, removing barriers, making prices fairer and introducing choice.

"But we still aren't there. Many citizens, for example, buy their minutes and megabytes as part of a bundle. But that bundle normally only works at home - rarely across the single market.

"I want to develop quick solutions that build on what we've already achieved, but the end goal must be clear. I know many of us dream of a true, integrated single market. And in such a market, there is no roaming."
EC seeks end of EU roaming charges by next summer - RTÉ News

This is interesting for two reasons:

1. It proves private enterprise will never work in the public interest, only in their own. The Commission had originally asked mobile operators to come up with a plan themselves for greater opening up of the telecoms market in the EU, yet they dragged their feet and refused. Why did pan European operators O2 and Vodafone charge exorbitant prices despite customers using the same network in one country and another? (O2 IRL and O2 UK for example)

The EC is now ordering telco's to comply and abolish roaming charges. Regulation works!

2. It shows that the EU can have a positive effect on people's every day lives. It will be interesting to see the usual eejits denounce these efforts.
 

Ren84

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More gobbledigook from the EU. They have no business interfering in the free market.
The EU gave the telecoms industry the opportunity to draft their own proposals, they refused. Can't really blame the EU for finally running out of patience.
 

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