Liberty Surf hits out at over-priced Internet charges

Summary:8.5m Brits are put off going online because it is too expensive.

French ISP Liberty Surf hits out at rip-off Internet charges this week as it launches its own unmetered service in Britain.

The ISP -- which took over the X-Stream Network in March -- offers a £20 a year service for off-peak Internet use. CEO Greg Sukornyk believes there are still too many ISPs over-charging in the UK and points to independent research from Prescient research firm which claims that 8.5m Brits are put off going online because it is too expensive.

Sukornyk acknowledges costs have come down since Alta Vista kickstarted the unmetered revolution in the UK but thinks more needs to be done. "The Internet industry in the UK is definitely over-priced and there are still players in the market that are overcharging," he says. The blame, according to Sukornyk, lies with BT. "BT (quote: BT) plays a large part in this," he says.

Experts have suggested that narrowband services will become increasingly obsolete as broadband takes off in the UK. Sukornyk disagrees. "There is still a huge market for dial-up narrow band," he claims. Despite this Liberty Surf intends to roll out an ADSL product later this year.

What do you think? Tell the Mailroom. And read what others have said.

Take me to the Unmetered Access Special

Check out ZDNet's Interactive Broadband Guide

Topics: Emerging Tech

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.