Ofcom to rethink mobile rates after EU input

After the EU's telecom commissioner Viviane Reding sent a "letter of comment" to the U.K. telecom regulator, Ofcom, arguing that the U.K.'s new tariff rules for interconnect fees between operators are too high and could slow the transition to cheaper phone calls, Ofcom has announced its intent to "rethink" its proposals. One U.K. carrier, Orange, which would be affected by such a regulation, seems to be proactively counteracting any effects to its bottom line: Last week, the firm informed its broadband customers that if they require a migration authorization code (MAC) to change ISPs, only the first one would be free. "Repeated requests for MACs will be charged at £12 to cover administration fees," Orange said. 

For more on the EU's pressure on Ofcom:
- see this article from earlier in the week
- and check out this piece from Computing.co.uk on Ofcom's response