News Burst: BT forced to provide cheap access

Cheap, reliable unmetered access is coming to everyone. Prepare for Unmetered V.II

Telecoms watchdog Oftel has announced tough new measures that will force BT to provide other operators with a wholesale flat rate Internet access product from February 1st 2001. The watchdog says the announcement means cheaper unmetered services that will not suffer the undignified collapse of their trailblazing siblings earlier this year.

BT will be "required" to provide operators with the updated Friaco offering for £10 per month. Consumer services will be expected to cost around the same price as AOL's £14.99 a month package.

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