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British government opposes EU ban on roaming charges

CNet - The government is resisting European attempts to get rid of roaming charges. Westminster has spoken out against EU plans to bring the telecoms industry into line across the continent.

Eurowonks want to try and harmonise things across Europe, reducing the different charges when you go to different countries and bringing unity to the different standards and frequencies used by networks around the continent.

EU commissioner for digital matters Neelie Kroes wants to see telecoms companies form partnerships in other countries to reduce roaming charges. And Kroes wants to see the EU oversee radio frequency auctions like this year's 4G spectrum auction here in Britain, when countries sell off specific sets of airwaves to phone companies.

Sounds perfectly reasonable. So why does Britain oppose the EU's plans?