World VoIP NewsEuropean Commission released last warnings on new telecommunications rules
European Commission released last warnings on new telecommunications rules
The official reports have been distributed recently, that European Commission has released a last warning to European UNI0N countries that haven't deployed telecoms rules set out in the Better Regulation Directive and the Citizens' Rights Directive, providing them two months comply or face legal actions and penalties, as stated by officials from the Commission.
These directives provide to European UNI0N’s citizens a considerable amount of new generous rights, such as the right to transfer telecommunications operators within just one single day without changing their phone number, and to be completely aware and informed about traffic management methods deployed by their Internet service provider. The regulations also define some procedures for more operational information, and in some cases consent, when online services store information -- such as cookies -- on consumer’s hardware.The Commission initiated some legal actions against certain countries in May. The Commission has now issued a definition what should be treated as a "final warning," according to Ryan Heath, spokesman for Neelie Kroes, who is vice president of the European Commission and responsible for Europe's telecommunications issues. The countries now have a two month reaction time period before the Commission can initiate court actions that could result to penalties."In the February-March time frame, the Commission will start to come down very hard on countries that haven't complied," said Heath. The amounts of the fines will depend on how large the country is, and how much of the directives it has yet to implement, according to Heath.As it was previously, the ePrivacy Directive, which includes the need to get consent from visitors when cookies are used, has been singled out as a reference for some countries. Belgium has had difficulties associated with the country being limited to a caretaker government, Heath said.French regulator Arcep recently said that it is now possible for consumers to switch mobile carriers and keep their number in three days. But that won't be enough to appease the Commission."The rules clearly say one business day, so anything longer than one business day is not compliant," said Heath. Only seven countries -- Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the U.K. -- were able to meet the original May deadline, and another four countries have implemented the rules since. Austria has also said it has implemented the rules, but that hasn't been confirmed, according to Heath.Since these countries have already implemented the new rules, there are no excuses for the ones that haven't, Heath said.
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