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EU ends roaming charges 2017-06-15 and establishes the first EU rules on net neutrality



Today the European Parliament, Council and Commission reached two milestone agreements on an end to roaming charges (2017-06-15) and on the first EU-wide rules on net neutrality”.


 Net neutrality: equal treatment of internet content trafficking.



What does the end of roaming charges mean?

It means that from 15 June 2017 you can use your mobile device when travelling in the EU paying the same prices as at home (domestic prices).


Net Neutrality

Why do we need rules for net neutrality?

Net neutrality is crucial for users and businesses. It ensures that Europeans have access to the online content and services they wish without any discrimination or interference (like blocking or slowing down) by Internet access providers. This is also very important for start-up businesses that commercialise their products and services via the Internet and need to be able to compete on an equal footing with larger players.


What has been agreed?

The rules enshrine the principle of net neutrality into EU law: no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services. It means that there will be truly common EU-wide Internet rules, contributing to a single market and reversing current fragmentation.

  • Every European must be able to have access to the open Internet and all content and service providers must be able to provide their services via a high-quality open Internet.

All traffic will be treated equally. This means, for example, that there can be no paid prioritisation of traffic in the Internet access service. At the same time, equal treatment allows reasonable day-to-day traffic management according to justified technical requirements, and which must be independent of the origin or destination of the traffic.


EU Digital Single Market


From the Press Release of 06 Mar 2015 (link at the tweet below).

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Today, we lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. I want to see pan-continental telecoms networks, digital services that cross borders and a wave of innovative European start-ups. I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market – wherever they are in Europe."


European Commission @EU_Commission
2015 Mar 06
#DigitalSingleMarket for Europe:@EU_Commission sets out 16 key initiatives to make it happen…

Link to Factsheet from Press Release "A Digital Single Market for Europe" | Brussels, 06 May 2015:
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A Digital Single Market can create up to €415 billion in additional growth, hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and a vibrant knowledge-based society

The Digital Market today is made up by national* online services (42%) and US-based online services (54%). EU cross-border online services represent only 4%.
 *(28 Nations-Member States)


Part I: Cross-Border Ease of Access for Commerce Including Audiovisual Services

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Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe


If the same rules for e-commerce were applied in all EU Member States, 57% of companies would either start or increase their online sales to other EU countries.
Only 7% of SMEs in the EU sell cross-border.
Small online businesses wishing to trade in another EU country face around €9,000 extra costs for having to adapt to national laws
Small online businesses wishing to trade in another EU country face a VAT compliance cost of at least €5,000 annually for each Member State where it wishes to supply.


EU consumers could save €11.7 billion each year if they could choose from a full range of EU goods and services when shopping online.

62% of companies that are willing to sell online say that too high delivery costs are a problem.


Tackling geo-blocking 

(Site Note: YouTube Message "The video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions")
In 52% of all attempts at cross-border orders the seller does not serve the country of the consumer: less clients, less revenues for companies

Modernizing copyright
1 in 3 Europeans is interested in watching or listening to content from their home country when abroad.
1 in 5 Europeans is interested in watching or listening to content from other EU countries.
An opportunity not to be missed: Images, films or music and games are the most popular online activities and digital spending on entertainment and media has double digit growth rates (around 12%) for the next five years.

Part II: Telecommunication Infrastructure Environment 

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Shaping the right environment for digital networks and services to flourish
Rolling out fast broadband for all.
Spectrum reforms can decrease prices of mobile services and boost productivity over time (estimated EU-wide GDP increase between 0.11% and 0.16% over 5 years)
Only 59% of Europeans can access 4G, dropping to 15% in rural areas.



Part III: Digital Services Including Digital Public Services 

("digital by default": ePrescriptions, pre-filled Tax Forms)  

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Creating a European Digital Economy and Society with growth potential
Big data and cloud
Digital data stored in cloud: 2013-> 20%  2020-> 40%
The use of big data by the top 100 EU manufacturers could lead to savings worth €425 billion.
Studies estimate that, by 2020, big data analytics could boost EU economic growth by an additional 1.9%, equalling a GDP increase of €206 billion.


An inclusive e-society: Almost half the EU population (47%) is not properly digitally skilled, yet in the near future, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills.
A strategy of ‘digital by default’ in the public sector could result in around €10billion of annual savings.

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2015 Mar 06
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