A new political proposal could ban bike riders in the Netherlands from using their mobile phones. The law change was prepared by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen-Wijbenga, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, with consultation from the Security and Justice Ministry, according to a letter she sent to the chair of the Dutch lower house of Parliament.
Dozens of Dutch towns still have poor mobile phone reception, according to NOS based on its own study with the local broadcasters. Drenthe and Noord-Brabant in particular struggle with poor reception.
23 thousand people participated in the study. They were asked to rate their mobile network. In 19 towns and one Lelystad neighborhood, the networks scored below 3 out of 10. Six of the 19 towns are in Drenthe. There were also many complaints in Noord-Brabant
Big Dutch festivals such as Pinkpop, Lowlands, Pitch, Down the Rabbit Hole and Best Kept Secret banned selfie sticks from the festival premises, 3voor12 reports. At the same time two big American festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza banned selfie sticks and other sticks and poles from the festivals stating "selfie sticks are annoying and dangerous."
The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has given telecommunications company KPN a €14,000 fine after a group of business clients were billed too highly for calling with a mobile phone abroad between 2010 and 2012. KPN has rescinded these clients' fines debts.