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Virgin.net is to close one of its networks next month so that it can offer flat-fee unmetered Net access and broadband services to its punters.

Those people using the old Cable & Wireless network have received emails asking them to move their accounts to a new ntl network.

Until now Virgin.net's network has been split between ntl and Cable & Wireless. The move will lump everyone onto one manageable network.

An email to consumers reads: "We simply aren't happy! You see we know we aren't giving you the best we can offer.

"We want to switch you to a better network! And to be frank we have decided to get rid of the one you are using!"

The "old one" will be switched off on May 25th.

Once the switch is completed Virgin.net intends to be offer a flat-fee unmetered service to compete with the likes of AOL UK, Freeserve and BT.

The ISP said the move will also position it to offer broadband services - something it hopes to be able to do by the end of the year.

Virgin.net - which has 600,000 active users - is a joint venture between Virgin and ntl. ®

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