Feeds

Freeserve claims phone charges are irrelevant

Has the UK's No 1 ISP gone mad?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

With just days to go until Freeserve closes the door on applications for its partial sell-off, worrying news has reached The Register about the ISP's understanding of the issues facing Net users in the UK. It seems Freeserve's grasp of what Net users think is important is horribly misplaced. In fact, it's so way out you have to question how the "guys" who lead the monster ISP can do anything with their heads stuck so firmly in the clouds. In an article today in The Times Freeserve's Leslie Smith was asked to comment about a new money-saving initiative due to be launched by 4thenet.co.uk. The Brighton-based ISP is planning to pay back part of the interconnect fee to its users. The more they stay on line, the more cash they get back -- a backside-about-breast way of reducing the cost of hooking up to the Net. Well, that's the theory at least. Yet Smith doesn't seem to think the scheme will work because, as she puts it so eloquently, "the phone call charge is not much of an issue for that many people." The phone call charge is not much of an issue for that many people? Did she really say that? Yes she did. Oh dear, oh dear. So Oftel's pronouncement on the unbundling of the local loop yesterday needn't have happened. The Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications (CUT) may as well pack its bags and go home. And the US' supremacy in all things wired obviously has nothing do with the fact that those Net users across the pond can sit online and surf to their heart's content without having to decide whether spending an extra hour online means the kids won't get fed this week. It's nice to know that the UK's premier Net company is so in tune with the needs of its million or so users. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?