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How will scrapping EU roaming charges affect consumers?

7 September 2015

On Monday 7 September Ed Vaizey MP, Culture Minister, will face questions on how the planned scrapping of mobile phone roaming charges in the EU will affect consumers ahead of the referendum on EU membership.


The evidence session will take place on Monday 7 September in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster.

At 5.00pm:

  • Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture

Likely questions

The Minister will be asked:

  • How the planned removal of mobile roaming charges across the EU by 2017 will affect consumers ahead of the UK's referendum on membership of the EU
  • What the impact of the abolition of roaming charges will be for the future of the telecommunications industry

Other questions that the Minister may be asked could include:

Roaming charges

  • Should 'over the top' communications providers, such as Skype and WhatsApp, use telecommunications infrastructure without contributing towards its maintenance?

Net neutrality

  • How has the debate surrounding net neutrality altered perceptions of the internet?
  • Does the definition for "specialised services" agreed to by the Council and the European Parliament strike the right balance between securing a quality of service for consumers and supporting competition in the provision of content/services?

Radio regulations

  • Does the Government agree that radio spectrum allocation is currently uncoordinated and therefore inefficient?

Further information

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