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Omnibus budget bill includes raft of changes to more than 3 dozen laws

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's latest omnibus budget implementation bill runs to 359 pages and includes changes to at least 39 different pieces of legislation. Many of the changes appear to have little to do with the budget. Among the changes are those that would: — Increase the number of judges on the Superior Court of Quebec and Alberta Court of Queen's Bench. — Allow people to transport beer and spirits for "personal consumption" from province to province.

EU lawmakers delay vote on scrapping roaming fees by 2015

By Foo Yun Chee and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers postponed a planned vote on Monday on scrapping mobile phone roaming charges by 2015 and preventing telecoms network operators from charging companies such as Google and Amazon to provide faster web services. Officials from the European Parliament said the committee vote, one step in a series which could lead to changes in EU rules, was delayed for procedural reasons. A new date will be set in the coming days.

EU lawmakers want to scrap roaming fees by 2015 - EU paper

By Foo Yun Chee and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers want to scrap mobile phone roaming charges by 2015 and to prevent telecoms network operators from charging companies such as Google and Amazon to provide faster Web services, EU documents show. The proposals from the European Parliament's industry committee go far beyond European Telecoms Commissioner Neelie Kroes's plans to overhaul the EU telecoms industry, which include ending roaming fees by 2016.

Bell cutting price of U.S. roaming package; CRTC to look at roaming rates

MONTREAL - Bell Canada says it's cutting roaming rates in half for mobile phone customers travelling in the United States starting Tuesday in response to consumer feedback. The move comes just weeks before the Sept. 27 deadline set by the CRTC for telecom companies to submit their roaming fee rates and how much they pay other carriers for roaming agreements.

EU unveils major telecom reforms, end to roaming charges

The European Commission adopted controversial telecom sector reforms Wednesday which it said would create a 'fully connected' Europe and include an end to hugely unpopular mobile phone roaming charges. Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso told the European Parliament it was vital there be a real 'single market' in telecoms to ensure the EU is not left behind. "This proposal will lower prices for consumers, Europe will be more and more digital ... and give new opportunities to consumers," Barroso said.

Europe roaming fees cut in time for summer hols

Tourists within Europe can use their smartphones without fear of an outrageous bill waiting at home starting from this year's summer holidays, as the European Union is cutting maximum mobile data roaming rates by 36 percent next week. The new rules, which come into effect on Monday, mean that mobile data roaming within the EU will now be up to 91 percent cheaper in 2013 than it was in 2007, the European Commission said in a statement on Thursday, billing its drive to cut prices as an effort "to be relevant to people's lives".

'Roam if you want to' - EU lowers mobile fees for summer

By Claire Davenport BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Checking email or surfing the Web on a mobile phone while travelling in the European Union will be a third cheaper from Monday under roaming cuts enforced by the EU's regulator in time for the summer holiday season. The European Union has been eager to show its relevance to EU citizens with measures to cut the cost of consumer goods such as flights and roaming fees, with mobile charges a particularly popular step over the past several years.

Spain regulator studies fining Vodafone for roaming fees

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it was studying fining Vodafone <VOD.L> up to 2 million euros ($2.6 million) for failing to adhere to European roaming tariffs. The CMT said in a resolution published on its website that Vodafone automatically gave customers travelling in Europe a 4 euro per day roaming tariff under one of its packages instead of Europe-approved tariffs that establish different maximum fees. The European rules establish a ceiling of charges per minute for calls, for example.
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