Italian 28-day bills 'unacceptable' - minister

Wednesday 18 October 2017 | 14:47 CET | News

Italy's industry minister Carlo Calenda has strongly criticised recent moves by telecommunications operators to bill customers on a 28-day rather than on a monthly basis. The issue “is something that needs to be sorted out as soon as possible, because it’s unacceptable,” said Calenda on the sidelines of a conference, according to La Repubblica. The minister’s comments come after Italian communications regulator Agcom last month announced that it’s preparing to fine Telecom Italia (TIM), Vodafone Italia, Wind Tre and Fastweb over their insistence on charging fixed line customers on a 28-day basis. In addition to fines, Agcom said it was also considering the adoption of further measures to prevent the risk of contagion, above all to pay-TV bills.

In March the watchdog gave operators 90 days to abolish 28-day fixed-line telephony and broadband bills with a view to “ensuring maximum transparency and comparability of current prices, as well as control of consumption and spending by means of a standard (monthly) unit of reference.” 

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