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BT has finally published the prices for its broadband Internet services. Consumer will pay £39.99 a month (inclusive of VAT) for the service plus a one-off installation fee of £150. However, if ordered before June 30 BT said it would waive the installation fee. Single business users will also pay £39.99 although this is exclusive of VAT. Multiple business users will have to cough up £99.99 per month (exclusive of VAT) with a £260 (exclusive of VAT) installation fee. The announcement was made by BTopenworld - BT's new Net division. Ben Andradi, coo at BTopenworld, said: "We aim to achieve UK leadership in the broadband Internet space through BTopenworld. "We have a new management team, the right skills, platforms, content relationships and aggressive marketing to enable us to succeed," he said. BT has also signed up a number of content partners. Users can preregister at Btopenworld.com. According to the blurb, "now, the wait is almost over..." They ain't wrong there. The Techie Bit Btopenworld will roll out the service in three phases starting this summer. Summer 2000 - Phase One: consumers will be offered 512Kbps (256Kbps upstream) USB Internet access to a consumer portal. Business users will be offered 512kbps single user (USB) and multi-user (Ethernet) access with a small business portal. Autumn 2000 - Phase Two: customers will also be offered higher speed (1 or 2Mbps Ethernet connections) access. Business users will also be offered a local area network (LAN) product and a range of e-commerce applications. A teleworker package will also be introduced. December 2000 - 2001 - Phase Three: The third phase of BTopenworld's deployment will offer all of the above services plus the Personal openworld Portal for all users. It will also include interactive e-commerce applications, content, communication and TV-based services. ® Related Stories BT is completely seaworthy BT McKinseyed in bid for world leadership

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