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Energis is keeping schtum about an outstanding bill for more than £2 million which it sent to Scottish-based ISP, EzeSurf.

The bill, for toll-free Net access, effectively forced the Dundee ISP to cease trading.

But something doesn't quite add up.

Matt Bryson, MD of Dundee-based EzeSurf claims he paid every bill sent to him by Energis.

Then out of the blue, so he claims, he gets lumbered with an invoice for £1.7 million (exc VAT).

Which seems odd.

If Bryson is right, are we to believe Energis only invoices small, young, inexperienced companies on a six-monthly basis? Are we expected to believe it is happy to let small, inexperienced companies run up debts of £2 million before invoicing them?

Or is Bryson being economical with the truth?

No one at Energis would comment. No one at Energis was prepared to say anything about Bryson's allegation except for this short statement: "We regret the collapse of any company, particularly one as visionary as EzeSurf, but it was clear in this case that our duty to our shareholders took priority over sustaining a company whose business plan had failed to keep pace with the rapidly changing Internet environment."

You decide. ®

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