The return of mobile roaming charges could be amongst the many downsides of Brexit, a local TD has warned.
Brendan Smith was commenting following a speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May, where she indicated that mobile roaming charges and geo-blocking could be part of a post Brexit reality after confirming it will leave the EU's Digital Single Market.
"Mobile phone roaming charges had long been an issue for people living in border counties resulting in high mobile phone bills. It took years of negotiations for the EU to secure a deal with mobile phone companies ending the roaming charges. This resulted in citizens across the European Union being able to use their mobile call and data allowances in any other Member State without additional charges.
"This change in pricing has been particularly important for phone users across Cavan/Monaghan as there is huge usage of mobile telephony for personal and business use. I have called on the Communications Minister to engage immediately with the European Union and the British Government in relation to the need to implement specific measures to prevent the return of such prohibitive costs as we were subjected to in the past," Brendan Smith T.D. told The Anglo-Celt.