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McNally welcomes EU Roaming Charges victory for consumers

Published: 7 April, 2014

Sinn Féin's MEP Martina Anderson voted in favour of abolishing mobile roaming charges across the EU whilst also enshrining the important principle of net neutrality in Brussels on Friday 4th April. Mid Tyrone Sinn Féín Representative Barry McNally welcomed the successful passing of new rules for digital policy legislation.

Mr McNally said:

"Cuts to roaming charges contained in previous EU legislation will be effective from July but with the passing of these landmark new rules, roaming charges will be abolished across the EU altogether from 2015.

"This development will be welcomed by tourists and business people alike as they will no longer have to worry about incurring extortionate additional charges while travelling anywhere in the EU.

"Another essential element which was supported in today's vote was the principle of net neutrality. In spite of a strong lobbying effort from large telecom companies, the European Parliament chose to protect consumers' access to high quality internet and mobile services rather than Service Providers increased profits."