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EU lawmakers delay vote on scrapping roaming fees by 2015


By Foo Yun Chee and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU lawmakers postponed a planned vote on Monday on scrapping mobile phone roaming charges by 2015 and preventing telecoms network operators from charging companies such as Google and Amazon to provide faster web services. Officials from the European Parliament said the committee vote, one step in a series which could lead to changes in EU rules, was delayed for procedural reasons. The proposals from the European Parliaments industry committee go far beyond European Telecoms Commissioner Neelie Kroess plans to overhaul the EU telecoms industry, which include ending roaming fees by 2016. Roaming providers shall not levy any surcharge (from December 15, 2015) in comparison to the charges for mobile communications services at domestic level on roaming customers in any member states for any regulated roaming call made or received, the committee said in a proposal document seen by Reuters.

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