A sweeping package of telecommunications regulatory reforms that includes provisions related to mobile roaming and net neutrality was adopted on Tuesday by the European Parliament (EP) Industry Committee. Approved by a 30-12 margin with 14 abstentions, the package now moves toward a full EP vote, which is scheduled to take place at the EP plenary session on April 3. Intended to promote a single, unified telecommunications market throughout the European Union (EU), the reform package would abolish retail wireless roaming rates for voice, messaging and data services throughout the EU by December 15, 2015. With respect to net neutrality, the package contains provisions that prohibit carriers and other Internet service providers from degrading or blocking access to competitive services and applications. Except in “exceptional cases,” carriers would also be barred from slowing or otherwise interfering with advertised Internet speeds when handling high-bandwidth services such as video-on-demand and cloud computing applications. The committee also added amendments to the package to facilitate trading and leasing in spectrum rights that would be valid for at least 25 years to “encourage investment, innovation and competition.” Officials at the European Commission (EC) anticipate final ratification by the EP and by EU member governments by the end of this year. In remarks to the press, Pilar de Castillo, a Spanish EP member who is coordinating the EP’s work on the package, proclaimed that, “with today’s . . . committee vote, the [EP] has taken one great step toward consolidating the telecommunications single market.” EC Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who is widely viewed as the driving force behind the reform legislation, welcomed the vote as validation of her quest to give “every European citizen the seamless connectivity they have come to demand—without unfair practices like blocked services or roaming charges.” Characterizing the proposed rules as “very restrictive,” a spokesman for the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association warned, “if the restrictive changes . . . are confirmed in the final text, the access of European users and businesses to our services will be affected.”