The European Commission has made the actual, legal text of their new roaming proposal available for download. Click here to get the file.
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Europeans for Fair Roaming (www.fairroaming.org), the network of citizens and organisations fighting against unfairly high roaming charges in the European Union welcomes the new EU proposals for bringing down roaming charges over the next years but is convicted that the proposed price caps for data roaming at 90ct/MB to 50ct/MB and the cap for receiving calls at 10ct/minute are still too high.
Campaign coordinator Bengt Beier stated: “The new proposals by the European Commission are a great step forward. The European Commission has taken up many of the proposals we have been making, especially to strengthen market forces to bring down prices: the ability to decouple roaming services from domestic services and easier market access for small and virtual operators. But the proposed price caps for data roaming are still far too high to effectively save customers from ‘bill shocks’. At 90ct per MB, receiving a single e-mail with photos could still cost you up to 7€! We also believe that there should be a goal to make the receiving of calls free. We still hope that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers will co-operate to make sure the new rules are passed without delay and will ensure to improve the price caps for data roaming.”
EU commissioner Neelie Kroes (responsible for the Digital Agenda policy area) will present the new proposals to achieve lower roaming charges today, in a press conference at 12:30. You can watch the livestream here.
For a preview of what the new proposal is expected to contain, have a look into our dossier: Roaming press dossier – 06 July 11, 11:30.
Update: ZDNet UK has published a great overview over the proposed changes. Head over to them to read it…