MPs back 3 MTR fight


3’s Terminate the Rate campaign has been supported by over 183 MPs to date who have signed up to the Parliamentary motion, the network claimed.

The campaign calls for a reduction in mobile termination rates (MTRs) and for regulator Ofcom to deliver a “better deal” for consumers and has a total of 40,000 signatures.

The motion was raised by MP of Lancashire, Nigel Evans, an early supporter of the campaign on May 19.

Current signatories include former Liberal Democrat leaders Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell, Independent MP Clare Short, Labour’s Jon Cruddas, senior Conservative MP and chair of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee John Whittingdale and Mark Durkan, leader of the Social Democratic and Unionist Party.

3 head of regulatory and public policy Julie Minns said: “We’re up there with issues such as child poverty, the Gurkhas and epilepsy in terms of Parliamentary support, which is great.”

3 said it is still seeking additional signatories and has called for members of the public to contact their local MP to sign the Early Day Motion 1531 regarding the campaign.

The Post Office’s telecoms division has also announced its support. The Post Office head of telephony Martin Moran said: “The Post Office
continually strives to offer the best deals possible to customers.

“Value for money and transparency of charges to customers are at the heart of Post Office telephony services which is why we are supporting this campaign to reduce the cost of Mobile Termination Rates, so that we can pass on these savings to our customers”