The European Commission Wednesday proposed to extend rules for people to use mobile services in another European country without additional costs, known as “roaming,” for 10 more years.
The EU agreed to scrap additional costs for roaming within the EU in 2017, effectively ending sky-high phone bills for people that used their mobile phone in another European country. The policy that was 13 years in the making and was heralded by the institutions as proof of the EU’s value toward its citizens.
But the rules are due to expire in 2022. The Commission’s proposal to extend the rules needs approval from national governments and the European Parliament, potentially leading to new hiccups in the coming year.
The new proposal also includes requirements to make sure people using mobile services in another European country are entitled to “the same quality and speed of their mobile network” at home, the Commission said.
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