Brussels notebook

Roaming ends… in 2017

-  Roaming charges – the tariffs applied to phone calls, text messages and accessing data when abroad – will be abolished in Europe on 15 June 2017. The European Parliament (EP) and national governments reached a compromise on 30 June after marathon negotiations mediated by the European Commission. The latter had committed to abolishing roaming charges by the end of 2015 but came up against resistance from member states determined to safeguard the interests of their national telecoms operators. In the same session, the EP and member states also agreed rules on net neutrality, the principle that internet access providers must treat all clients equally without discrimination or interference. The open internet rules state that internet end-users’ traffic “can no longer be blocked or throttled, and paid prioritization in the open Internet will be banned”.

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