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Survey Adoption by small and medium businesses is being held up by the high price of bandwidth, according to a senior analyst at Durlacher Research. The claim came as Durlacher, which monitors Internet growth, released its latest report on the impact of the medium on the small business market. Sarah Skinner, the senior analyst, said research figures showed that 46.1 per cent of the 1093 businesses surveyed, still used a modem as their primary connection. She said that while bandwidth prices in the rest of Europe had dropped by 29 per cent over the last year, the UK drop was only between 10-20 per cent. "I think BT is partly to blame," she said. "But all the telcos in Europe are behind in DSL." DSL is being touted at a price not suitable for the small business market, said Skinner. "We have to cannibalise ISDN," she said. We reported earlier on other elements of the Durlacher report, here ® Daily Net finance news from The Register

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