EU to Scrap Roaming Fees in 2017

europe flagAs part of the European Union’s plan to overhaul its telecoms market to encourage growth and innovation, the continent has agreed to scrap mobile roaming charges across 28 countries by June of 2017. The EU recently reached this preliminary deal after 12 hours of talks with lawmakers.

“Under the agreement, roaming surcharges in the European Union will be abolished as of 15 June 2017,” said Latvia, which holds the rotating EU presidency.

The EU intends to order telecom operators to treat all Internet traffic equally. To address the controversial issue of net neutrality, blocking of any traffic would only be allowed during peak periods or in the event of a cyber attack.

Some companies, including Deutche Telekom, Orange and Telecom Italia, have lobbied for more leeway, but Internet activists warn this could create a two-speed Internet benefiting big companies.