Feeds

UK users will get unmetered Net access within three months

Mysterious major telco (not BT, maybe C&W then) plans to unleash toll-free, meter-free service

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

The UK will get toll-free access to the Internet within the next three months, The Register can confirm. Conservative MP Ian Bruce said this afternoon that telcos are working on a service that would give users access to a single toll-free number of their choice. Although users would have to pay a premium for this service -- a flat-rate fee -- it would mean they could use the number for as long as they liked without incurring additional line charges. Such a move would mean that millions of Net users in the UK could surf the Web without having to watch the meter. "Within three months [such a product] will be made available, " said Bruce, MP for South Dorset. The introduction of unmetered access to the Net is regarded by many as the biggest hurdle to the UK's future success in the wired world. Bruce has close ties with the Telecommunications Managers Association (TMA), an industry body made up of senior executives. His announcement follows a dinner with the TMA last night before today's debate in parliament. He wouldn't say exactly which company would offer the service first but he did confirm it was on its way. The revelation that the UK telecoms industry has finally buckled under consumer pressure came during an intervention in the House of Commons today. As Liberal Democrat Steve Webb was taking the government to task about the cost of Net access, Bruce intervened. He said there was no need for tighter regulation because the market was working. To prove his point he said that within weeks, a telco would introduce "fixed-rate unlimited access" to the Net. A spokesman for the Campaign for Unmetered telecommunications which campaigns for fairer telecoms charges welcomed the move. A spokesman for BT denied that it was the giant telco Bruce was talking about. BT was not about to introduce such a service, he said. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.