The European Commission has today adopted proposals for roaming-free mobile plans within Europe and EU-wide net neutrality as part of a larger package of reforms (called ‘Connected Continent) aimed at creating a single telecoms market.
Today’s decision is the result of a package drawn together and championed by Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda.
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Other new regulations include the abolition of premium charges for voice calls within the EU (under the new regulations they would be capped at €0.19 cents – plus VAT) and harmonized consumer rights written in more understandable language, which would allow for things like simpler contract switching.
Also on the table is co-ordinated 4G and WiFi spectrum assignment which would avoid device incompatibility issues. Incoming call charges within the EU should also now be banned come July 1 2014.
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