NYT: European Chief Backs Plan to End Roaming Fees
"José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, called on Wednesday for an end to the high fees charged for making mobile phone calls across national borders, seizing on one of the few truly popular European initiatives at a time of rising skepticism about the European Union...
Yet many companies have already objected to the initiative. Roaming charges have been subject to a variety of caps since 2007. Ms. Kroes’s proposal must be approved by the European Parliament and by European governments before it could become law, and it is likely to face ferocious lobbying because roaming charges make up a big chunk of telecommunications operators’ profits.
In a sign of the battle to come, Anne Bouverot, the director general of the GSMA, a telecommunications industry group, said Wednesday in a statement that the focus of an overhaul should be “increased investment in Europe’s telecoms infrastructure” as part of a “more thorough and comprehensive approach.”