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The high cost of ADSL appears to be one of the major reasons why domestic Net users aren't signing up in droves to the broadband technology.

The latest survey from telecoms regulator Oftel reveals that just 0.6 per cent of domestic Net users has ADSL access.

The survey, Consumers' use of Internet: Oftel residential survey Q4 February 2001 warns that price, security concerns, lack of understanding about what ADSL is, and the upheaval involved in switching to the service are preventing home Net users from hooking up to ADSL.

The amount of actual take-up of ADSL is a far cry from research last year which showed that a staggering 68 per cent of Internet homes would be interested in faster Internet access, although the average amount people were prepared to pay each month was just £13.

Home ADSL access in the UK costs between £40 and £50 a month.

Earlier this month El Reg reported a similar report from the winged watchdog which examined business use of the Net.

It found that DSL providers were not informing businesses about the benefits of DSL despite a third of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) saying that they were likely to use broadband services sometime in the future.

Still, those in the broadband industry know best, eh? ®

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