Europe votes YES to lower mobile call charges

In a landmark
vote today the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
committee approved the European Commission's proposal to reduce international
wholesale mobile roaming charges by 70 percent. However, users will have to wait
until mid-May, when the plenary votes on the proposal, before the European
Parliament’s final view is known. 

committee vote has set a cap of €0.40 per minute on calls made abroad and a cap
of €0.15 for receiving them. This is contrary to an earlier vote by the
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, which called for €0.50 and
€0.25 per minute caps respectively.

A spokesperson
for the GSMA, a global trade association representing more than 700 GSM mobile
phone operators, said, “We're very disappointed with this. (source).

I bet they are.



About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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