European Union agrees deal to scrap mobile roaming fees by 2017

EU Roaming

EU Roaming

The European Union reached a very important deal today to scrap mobile roaming charges across the 28-country zone by June 2017 as a part of an overhaul of the continent’s telecoms market intended  to spice up growth and innovation.

“Under this agreement, the roaming charges with tax within the European Union are going to be abolished as of 15 June 2017, ” the Latvian government, which holds the rotating EU presidency, said during a statement once 12 hours of talks with European Union lawmakers.

Roaming fees – the extra charges for employing a portable abroad – can still be subject to a good use policy.

As a stop-gap from 2016, roaming fees are going to be capped at 5 cents per 1mb data for mobile data, 5 cents per 1 minute for calls and 2 cents per SMS.

On this issue of internet neutrality, the European Union plans to order telecoms operators to treat all net traffic equally which blocking would only be allowed to counter cyber attacks or throughout peak periods.

Companies like Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and Orange had lobbied to have a lot of leeway to tap into a probably lucrative source of revenue but internet activists say this might produce a two-speed internet benefiting corporations with deep pockets.

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