10/28/2009 10:18:00 AM
Terminate the Rate hands petition to Ofcom
The Terminate the Rate campaign will hand in its petition of 114,000 signatures to Ofcom today (28 October), as part of its campaign calling on the regulator to lower mobile termination rates.
The campaign, launched in May by 3 and BT, has gained support from the Post Office, the Federation of Small Businesses, MoneySupermarket.com and the the National Union of Students.
The campaign is calling for Ofcom to reduce mobile termination rates from around 5p per minute to a penny or less.
As well as a launching a petition, 258 MPs, including Vince Cable and Jacqui Smith, have signed an Early Day Motion asking for the issue to be raised in Parliament.
3 CEO, Kevin Russell recently said at the Westminster eForum: ‘If termination rates were addressed we wouldn’t need the 50p levy [proposed by the Government as part of Digital Britain plans] on fixed line.’.
BT Retail MD Consumer, John Petter said: ‘114,000 people, 258 MPs and more than 60 organisations, businesses and councils have all joined the campaign for MTRs to be cut to a penny or less. Any reduction less than this will mean continued unfairness and high prices for UK consumers and businesses.
‘This petition is only the first stage in an ongoing campaign to show how MTRs stifle competition and increase the cost of calling mobiles - our goal remains for them to be set according to what they actually cost.’
The European Commission recommended in May that the industry regulator takes a new approach to lowering the termination rates.