The budgetary committee of Italy’s senate has approved an amendment to a tax decree requesting a ban on 28-day bills for telephony, pay-TV and internet services. The amendment was tabled by the ruling Democratic Party (PD) with a view to banning recent moves by operators to charge customers on a 28-day rather than on a monthly basis.
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Under the provisions of the amendment, operators now face fines of up to EUR 5 million for flouting the rules, as well as the need to pay a lump sum compensation of no less than EUR 50 for each user affected by the illegal billing practice in the future.
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This will cover both the main network operators (Wind Tre, TIM and Vodafone), which have long been applying the famous “thirteenth” months rule and several MVNOs that have followed the example, such as PosteMobile, Fastweb Mobile (which has already announced return to monthly billing from 2018), Tiscali Mobile, 1Mobile …
Operators need to adjust within 120 days of the law’s coming into force.
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