07 November 2006

Roaming charges in the EU

This item was released today by the EU. It is no surprise that consumers want reduced roaming charges -- after all, who is eager to pay more? The main question that occurs is how to accomplish this. It is certainly possible to regulate roaming charges, but is this the best way to go? If you think this, how would you determine "excessive"? Another alternative is to publish current (and correct) information about roaming rates, and allow consumers to use that information when choosing a service provider (i.e., "regulation by information"). Finally, is it possible that structural solutions may work? For example, roaming is a non-issue in the US for most people. Why is there a difference?

By the way, the PDF that is linked to the above website is worth a read!

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