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Further revelations about AltaVista's dabbling with an unmetered Internet service have bubbled to the surface.

Andy Mitchell, MD of the US company's British operation, confessed that he had decided to can the non-existent service four weeks ago.

But if that's the case, why did he issue a mass email circular just two weeks ago in which he said that the service "is currently being rolled out to our list of preregistered customers"?

Mitchell told the Mirror: "I elected to put the service on hold before I went away on holiday. I could have done a better job of it in the last three or four weeks, but it was such a fundamental decision.

"I think that when I went away I'd made a set of decisions that were correct, but I didn't think you'd go on a manhunt so this is something I didn't plan for," he said.

This is further evidence - if proof is needed - that Mitchell deceived British Net users about his sham service.

The whole fiasco would be really funny if it wasn't so serious. ®

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