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  • European Commission approves 3G and 4G data use on flights
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    European Commission approves 3G and 4G data use on flights

    By 15 November 2013

    As soon as the European Aviation Safety Agency announced that there was no opposition to allowing flight passengers to use smartphones, eBook readers, tablets and the like during take-off and landing in European countries, another decision was made that...

  • Roaming charges in Europe could be banned, leaked legislation suggests
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    Roaming charges in Europe could be banned, leaked legislation suggests

    By 6 September 2013

    The European Commission could be preparing to make mobile network roaming charges illegal in Europe, a leaked copy of draft legislation suggests. The move could bring about the end the woes of holidaymakers, as well as offering a benefit for those travelling...

  • EC votes to end roaming fees, wants single European telecoms market
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    EC votes to end roaming fees, wants single European telecoms market

    By 14 June 2013

    In a bid to create a single European telecoms market, the European Commission voted on Tuesday to end roaming fees for voice calls, texts and Internet access. The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that 27 European Commissioners voted to scrap the fees,...

  • EC launches anti-trust investigation into Google
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    EC launches anti-trust investigation into Google

    By 24 February 2010

    The European Union has launched an anti-trust investigation into Google, following allegations from three companies that the search giant was hurting their businesses with "penalty filters" applied to specific sites. The companies in question are Foundem...

  • Orange/T-Mobile merger approved by EC
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    Orange/T-Mobile merger approved by EC

    By 22 February 2010

    The European Commission has given the green light for T-Mobile and Orange to merge, with the proviso that 3 gets access to 3000 more mast sites across the UK. The news follows a cautionary note from the Office of Fair Trading, who said the deal: "threatens...

  • Calling costs abroad set to be cut
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    Calling costs abroad set to be cut

    By 12 April 2007

    An international ring tone indicates the pounds rolling up on the recipients phone bill. However this could be coming to an end in Europe after a successful vote by a committee representing the policy. European Commission proposals are advising the EU...

  • Car makers praised for reducing emissons
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    Car makers praised for reducing emissons

    By 5 September 2006

    Car makers have been praised by the European Commission for doing their bit to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Between 1995 and 2004, CO2 emissions dropped by 12.4% and continue a sustained downward trend in pollutants caused by the motoring industry....

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    European court overturns European Commission's approval of the Sony BMG merger

    By 17 July 2006

    Europe's second highest court has struck down the decision made in 2004 to allow Sony and BMG to merge. The Court of First Instance, in a release about the new ruling, said that the European Commission's arguments in support of the merger were not of...