EU draft takes softer position on roaming – report

first_img Industry CEOs join Europe green digital initiative Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 SEP 2014 EC details AI regulation plan Author Deutsche Telekom loses appeal of Slovak fine Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Related Richard Handford A draft proposal from the Italian presidency of the European council has eased the current stance on EU roaming rates, according to the Financial Times.The proposal supports no change to wholesale roaming when the system is reviewed in 2016.And while the paper from Italy, which currently holds the presidency of the European Council, backs previous cuts to retail roaming prices, it also contains a key addition.Under this suggestion, users would be allocated a fair use allowance for roaming. If they exceed the allowance then they would be charged extra.The change in stance will be welcomed by operators which have fought hard against roaming proposals in recent years.However the proposal is only a draft which will be subject to much discussion over the coming months.The next European Commission under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker starts in November. Juncker has made the digital economy a key priority.The Italian paper also has proposals for spectrum licences to operate on a long-term basis, another proposal that is likely to be welcomed by operators.The draft said: “All new rights of use of spectrum in bands… shall be granted with a minimum duration of 25 years, and in any case for a duration appropriate to incentivise investment and competition. Member states may grant rights of use of indefinite duration.”And a separate report by Reuters said the Italian paper rows back on previous proposals by outgoing EC digital chief Neelie Kroes on spectrum.Kroes proposed a greater role for the Commission in the timing of spectrum auctions in a member states. But the latest draft limits the Commission’s power in this area, as it would only propose a timetable for auctions with ultimate decision still taken by national regulators. Home EU draft takes softer position on roaming – report Previous ArticleSingTel to shut 2G network in 2-3 yearsNext ArticleUK operators in govt discussions to share masts, boost rural coverage European CommissionRegulatorylast_img read more

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Palm Beach County launches challenge to end homeless youth

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Community Services Department Division of Human and Veteran Services is joining four other communities nationwide in launching a 100-Day Challenge to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness.Dramatic increase in youth homelessnessThe number of Palm Beach County’s homeless youth has gone up dramatically in the past two years with the latest Point-in-Time Homeless Count, conducted in January 2017, indicating a 69 percent increase. Several factors contribute to youth homelessness including aging out of state care, parental addiction, sexual preference, and mental illness.Finding housing for 140 youth The Division of Human and Veteran Services is working with community partners to establish ambitious goals to meet the challenge. The primary objective to accomplish in 100 days is to house approximately 140 unaccompanied youth and parenting youth between the ages of 18 and 24.The 100-Day Challenge gives Palm Beach County the opportunity to refine and build upon previous accomplishments in helping homeless youth. With the support of the Rapid Results Institute, A Way Home America, and the department’s partner agencies, youth systems and housing opportunities can be quickly implemented. This will be done while continuing a coordinated response for helping homeless youth long after the challenge period has ended.Rapid Results Institute will provide overall design of the 100-Day Challenge and is partnering with HomeBase to offer coaching support to communities during the 100-day journey.Funding from HUDFunding for the challenge was obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private philanthropic partners.last_img read more

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Fayose Questions Source of Obasanjo’s Wealth

first_imgAyodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has queried the source of former president Olusegun Obansanjo’s wealth, claiming that he siphoned public funds.Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Fayose also said President Muhammadu Buhari is clueless about the state of Nigeria’s economy. “I am the longest-serving governor, I’ve served in Obasanjo’s administration. I told everybody, when Obasanjo left prison, did he declare his assets? The library now today, where did the money come from,” he asked.“His house that he built in Abeokuta, where did the money come from? Even Buhari himself, he declared cattle herds and mud houses, he said he doesn’t have money. From which account did the money for the campaign come from? “We are fooling ourselves, because he’s in power today, to say he’s the one prosecuting; somebody else might be there tomorrow. It’s unfortunate that men of honour of yesterday are quiet today.”last_img read more

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