News Burst: Unmetered access group meets e-Minister

Pressure mounts on BT Tuesday as members of the Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications (CUT) meet with e-Minister Patricia Hewitt to lay out their plans for reducing Internet costs.

The campaign to reduce the cost of dial up Internet charges has gained powerful allies in recent months, with a government report recommending BT introduce flexible tariffs for Net access and the e-Minister promising to put pressure on Oftel and BT.

On Tuesday AOL Europe's CEO Andreas Schmidt claimed the high cost of getting online was risking the future of e-commerce and last week the Times newspaper launched its own campaign for unmetered Internet access.