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A leading member of a telecomms pressure group has said there is no way of telling whether next Sunday's Europe-wide Internet strike will be a success or not. Erol Ziya said that preparations for the 15-nation cyberstrike were well advanced and that the action had received "plenty of coverage" in the press. But he acknowledged that the Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications (CUT) -- one of the organisations spearheading the action -- had no way of telling whether the cyberstrike would be a success or not. "We don't genuinely expect to damage BT's revenue on Sunday," said Ziya. "We'll judge our success on the number of column inches we get the next day." Net users in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are being mobilised to switch off their modems this Sunday and take part in the European Telecommunications Boycott. A spokesman for BT declined to comment. CUT's efforts received a boost when AOL UK publicly threw its weight behind the pressure group in a bid to force telcos to introduce toll-free access to the Internet. Of course, there is an upside. If thousands of Net users do pull the plug on Sunday, at least those scabs who break the picket should get decent access speeds to the Wibbly Wobbly Web. ®

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