BT to woo businesses with new free ISP

Hopes to open a new market by bringing free ISPs to small- and medium-sized companies.

British telecoms giant BT hopes to up-the-ante once again in the "free" Internet stakes by bringing free Net access to the business community.

The new service, called BT Access, will provide businesses with 56kbit/s Internet access, 20MB of Web space and up to ten email addresses, as well as exclusive access to BT Click's Business Web site for free.

However, BT still hopes that users will put their hands in their pockets and upgrade to BT's £12-per-month Connect service.