Mobile services

Reding Back on Attack

9:05 AM -- With her plans for a European super regulator in tatters, European Commissioner Viviane Reding is turning her attention once again to cross-border mobile data tariffs. (See Reding's Plans Rebuffed.)

Reding has already signaled her intention to force carriers to cut their tariffs on cross-border data services within the European Union's 27 member states, something she has already achieved with voice services. (See Reding Guns for Data Roaming Cuts and EU Adds Mobile Law.)

Now, according to a report from Reuters, Reding is to examine mobile data prices on July 1 and decide then whether regulation is necessary. That gives the carriers two weeks to cut their prices.

It seems inevitable that Reding will start that process. Her plan for the European equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been kicked into touch by the EU's member states, so now she needs to reassert her authority, and a campaign to once again reduce prices for the EU's citizens seems a sure-fire winner for the Commissioner -- though not, of course, for the carriers.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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