The ThinkTank “ThinkYoung” is conducting a survey to determine how young Europeans aged 18-35 view the planned elimination of roaming charges and issues of net neutrality in the framework of the European Commission’s proposal for creating a European single market for electronic communications.
Take part in the survey here: http://thinkyoung.eu/roamingsurvey/
Reacting to the new and widely discussed proposal of the European Commission to create a single telecom market, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public consultation on roaming, asking “What would abolishing EU roaming charges change for you”. The chairman of the EESC is one of the key supporters of the proposal to remove roaming charges.
This public consultation is giving you the chance to say what you think about:
- Abolishing EU roaming charges
- The future of mobile communications in the EU
- What this all means for you
- What Europe should now do.
Please take part in the consultation and make sure your voice is heard in Europe: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.take-part-roaming
Mark the date
The results of the consultation will be presented in a public hearing on Wednesday, October 23 2013, at the EESC in Brussels!
You can find information, reports and photos about the event on the website of the EESC at http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-roaming
– EU offers deal to carriers: less regulation for no roaming –
On Wednesday, EU telecom commissioner Neelie Kroes presented a package of reforms to the telecom sector that could merge the fragmented European telecom markets into a single market by 2016. Under the new plan, which the EU calls a “carrot-and-stick” approach, operators will be expected to abolish roaming fees and offer plans covering all of Europe. In exchange, they would be freed from having to open their networks to competition. However, the user group “Europeans for Fair Roaming” calls for further price cuts in roaming, to no more than 10ct per min and MB.
In addition, the new proposal foresees other measure to allow carriers to operate across-borders, including easier authorisation, better coordination of network access and spectrum allocation, harmonised consumer rights and unified rules for net neutrality.
– New law to be presented on September 11 – first details leaked –
Tomorrow, EU telecom Commissioner Neelie Kroes will propose a new EU law to merge the fragmented European telecom markets into a single market by 2016. According to early leaks of the proposal, the EU is expected to ban roaming charges (additional charges for phone calls and internet use abroad) from 2016 on by mandating the creation of operator alliances. In addition, users will be enabled to choose a different operator when abroad if their home operator charges extra for roaming.
Just in July, the latest stage of the current EU roaming regulation came into force and cut prices for roaming (by more than 30% for using the internet abroad, for example). Further price cuts are already planned for July 2014. But the new law could bring prices down even more and even lead to operators offering pan-European service plans, according to http://www.fairroaming.org. Continue reading