Timmy elsewhereOctober 22, 2013 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere2 CommentsAt the ASI. Neelie Kroes has a Nancy Pelosi moment. previousJoy with RitchienextSounds like a bloody good idea to me 2 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere” Squander Two October 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm To be fair, there is a difference between what Pelosi said and what Neelie has said, and the difference does make sense given the context. competition regulators can only assess the impact of the laws once they are passed The impact of a law is not the same as the law itself. Especially since what Neelie was addressing here was the specific question of how Vodafone and other operators will choose to behave under the new law. Now, arguably, yes, a well drafted law should take into account all its conceivable impacts in order to avoid unintended consequences. But that’s not even close to meaning that, where those impacts are the reactions of those affected, they are legally mandated, or that the law is itself inherently illegal. Since the legislation itself does not in fact demand that operators form cartels, since Vodafone are merely claiming that their own interpretation of the law is that they’ll need to form a cartel to comply with it, this particular impact of the law is merely Vodafone’s free choice. Not to mention a truly phenomenal amount of bare-faced chutzpah. Seriously, Tim, you were arguing a week or two ago that the operators will get rid of roaming charges of their own free will if the market is left alone. Perhaps you could, then, be a tad less credulous of one of those operators’ absurd claim that competition law prevents them from competing. JamesV October 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm The mobile operators are free to compete, the current EU tariff is a cap. You are allowed to charge less than this. They have not been doing so. All operators also continue to offer roaming. It is clearly therefore still profitable to them, otherwise they would stop offering the service. Therefore the market is broken and needs fixing. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.