Government now need to ensure that this Island remains free of roaming charges – Stanley
Speaking after the announcement that roaming charges will be abolished for those travelling across European Union member States, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Communications Brian Stanley TD said;
“This action is very welcome but we must be conscious that in the context of Brexit people travelling on this Island may in the future again face charges.
“With Britain leaving the EU, someone could be charged going to Banbridge but not going to Bulgaria.
“From today roaming charges will no longer apply within the 28 EU Member States and this has come after a decade long battle with telecoms companies.
“These new ‘roam like at home’ rules will mean the current extra charges that are presently imposed can no longer apply. This is a victory for citizens.
“What this means is that from today the 15th June, current or new contracts that include roaming services will change to a ‘roam like at home’ clause. The new EU rules will cover data services up to a cap, voice calls and SMS.
“However, in the context of Britain leaving the EU the future of this Island remains uncertain. These new rules apply to the 28 EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
“We need to know what action this Government is going to take to ensure those who travel from Dundalk to Newry or from Letterkenny to Derry are not again inflicted with extra charges by telecoms companies in the future.”