EU To End Roaming Charges By 2017

Posted: Jun 30 2015, 7:26am CDT | by , in Technology News


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EU to End Roaming Charges by 2017
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  • EU agrees to end mobile roaming charges by 2017

The European Commission has been working on a deal to end roaming charges and provide internet by the 15th of June, 2017.

It has been two years since the European Commission proposed a single market for telecoms. Earlier today an agreement was reached by the EU, which will end roaming charges by June 17th, 2017 for travelers all over Europe and provide internet access to all sorts of content on the web.

People travelling to other countries in Europe on holiday will not have to pay extra for services such as calls and their internet connection but will pay the same price they paid in their home country. Moreover discrimination on internet content will be lifted as every European will have the right to access all sorts of contents due to strong neutrality rules.

The agreement was reached between the European Parliament and the Council and the deal will make huge communication bills while traveling a thing of the past.

According to the Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, European citizens have been asking for net neutrality and demolition of roaming charges for a long time and finally they have been heard. Ansip further stated a lot of work is required to make these provisions possible and it will start in 2016 and end by 2017, as they want to move faster than ever.

Andrus Ansip said: "Europeans have been calling and waiting for the end of roaming charges as well as for net neutrality rules. They have been heard. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to create a Digital Single Market. Our plans to make it happen were fully endorsed by Heads of State and Government last week, and we should move faster than ever on this."

The EU had been working to decrease roaming charges as they believed it was not feasible for travelers especially business men in today’s time. The EU had previously decreased roaming charges since 2007 by 91 percent and the price for roaming calls, data and SMS have fallen by 80 percent. However after today’s agreement roaming charged will not even exist anymore on communication service such as calls, texts and mobile data.

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