“Then we come to the question of roaming which has been presented as a wonderful benefit for consumers.
Of course, it is no such thing, it is profoundly regressive.
It will benefit well-heeled executives and business executives and it will result in higher costs for domestic users.
We’ve had members of this house, including Vicky Ford, who have told us there will be no rebound effect on domestic costs.
I have to say if you take that view you simply don’t understand how markets work.
The operators will have lost a major revenue stream, they will seek to recover it and the only place to recover it is from domestic prices.
We MEPs will get lower prices but Mrs Lumsden in Coronation Street will pay more. Yet again we see European regulation delivering unintended consequences and perverse incentives.”