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European Commission sticks to roaming charge cuts

ITWorld - Denies telco pressure saw plans scrapped.

 

The European Commission won't back down on plans to axe mobile roaming charges by as much as 70 percent.

News agency Reuters reported earlier this week that EC vice-president and digital commissioner Neelie Kroes had scrapped a draft proposal to cut roaming rates, following criticism of the planned measure from European telcos.

However, Ryan Heath, a spokesperson for Kroes, said in a press briefing that roaming charges will still be slashed as part of a larger regulatory package.

"We're still planning to get rid of roaming. It's always been our intention," Heath said.

Kroes also stated on Twitter that the EC will indeed remove mobile roaming charges in the union.