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Roland Leners
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Roland Leners,
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7/2/2015 | 3:36:24 PM
Re: Roam roam on the range
Most mobile operators in Europe require a local address before providing service to you. So I suspect that this will create a market for proxy addresses (cf. what Borderlinx does for physical goods)
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/30/2015 | 10:24:39 PM
Borders
It's a hard issue.  On the one hand, it seems silly and unfair to charge Europeans more for calls and data just because they're across some imaginary, manmade border (just as we Americans once used to have to pay long distance for calling someone in another state).  On the other hand, there are different infrastructure and regulatory issues that add to the cost of cross-border connections.

Hopefully, this ruling will help to force the industry to build a more cost-efficient infrastructure.

Hopefully.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/30/2015 | 10:16:42 PM
Re: Roam roam on the range
Competition is potentially threatening to the people at either extreme of market success.  For those in the middle, however, it's generally a great opportunity.

In any case, for citizens, much of the EU is pretty much "borderless" in effect these days anyway.  May as well let telecom catch up.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/30/2015 | 10:14:27 PM
Re: More of a nod to net neutrality
It's also worth pointing out that, yes, it may be difficult to enforce, but regulatory agencies frequently have trouble enforcing laws across the board...and are thus compelled to only go after the most egregious violators, the big-money targets, or the targets that people complain about the most.

Reminds me of when I was a lad working for a state's Consumer Protection Bureau.  While doing some Internet research, I saw a banner ad that was in blatant violation of state deceptive trade practice and false advertising laws.  Young, naive me brought it to the attention of one of my supervisors.  She laughed, noting how difficult it would be to track down this one particular violator, and that it simply wouldn't be worth it.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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6/30/2015 | 4:15:21 PM
Roam roam on the range
"Without roaming surcharges, theoretically consumers can buy their telecom service from the cheapest country and use it at home.... In that sense, cancelling roaming surcharges could translate into tougher in-market competition for local services."

This sounds like a benefit, to my American eyes. Will Europe disagree?
Ray@LR
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6/30/2015 | 10:35:11 AM
More of a nod to net neutrality
This appears to be so grey that it's going to provide the lawyers with their choice of loopholes. 

For clarity's sake let's hope there are some amendments while they would still be relevant, just so everyone knows what is allowed and what isn't.


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