Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed the European Parliament voting to eliminate roaming charges in the EU. Commenting on this, Senator Noone said: “The practice of gouging consumers for a quick phone call, text, or checking a map on the web is now finally coming to an end. Given the telecoms market is controlled by a handful of companies, the marginal cost of providing this service in one country as opposed to another is negligible at best, yet they got away with charging multiples of the price for years”.
Senator Noone continued: “The abolition of roaming charges highlights the best of the EU, where a framework can be put in place to ensure fairness for consumers, cost competitiveness for SMEs who do some business overseas and transparency for tourists. The EU, under the guidance of Neelie Kroes, the Vice-President of the Commission, has done the right thing here I firmly believe”.
Senator Noone concluded: “As we continue in the digital age, it is vital that we can allow SMEs and digital startups to thrive both home and abroad. If we are to realise the vision of an interconnected Europe, this is an absolutely vital step in that process, and is one that I welcome on behalf of a great many groups who will benefit: Irish consumers, Irish business and tourists to Ireland among them”.