SMS and Data Roaming Regulation - Hearing in European Parliament
On 23 September 2008, the Commission proposed a new Roaming Regulation that substantially cuts the cost of sending text messages and using mobile data services abroad in the EU. It also extends the duration of the current Regulation of voice roaming charges from 2010 to 2013. The Council adopted a general approach on this proposal on 27 November 2008, endorsing all elements of the Commission proposal. It is now for the European Parliament to take a position on this important consumer issue. A hearing on this issue will take place on Thursday 8 January (9.00-12.30 - EP Brussels, room JAN 2Q2). The hearing comprises two panels, examining forms of price regulation for retail and wholesale, and the challenges ahead for both network operators and regulators, and the entire session will be webstreamed on the European Parliament's website. Commissioner Vivane Reding will offer her views on the subject, as well as industry stakeholders.