Should Europeans pay to receive phone calls? EU report calls for an end to termination fees

A new report commissioned by the EU recommends the abolition of termination fees, the proportion of call costs which is paid to the receiving network, on the grounds that the internet survives without them and the internet is going to be everything, anyway.The report (summary: pdf), conducted by the German telecoms research group WIK – or Wissenschaftliches Institut für Kommunikationsdienste, to give it its full name – looks at interconnection fees on the internet. And it discusses how termination fees are slowing development of telephony, and hurting consumers. The full report is here as a pdf.In Europe the termination fee is a proportion of the cost of a call which is passed on to the receiving network, to pay it for carrying the call. This is known as Caller Party Pays (CPP, or CPNP as WIK insists on dubbing it), as the person making the call pays for the whole call.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/05/eu_termination_fees_report/

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