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PlusNet and Zen Internet have responded quickly to BT's shock news yesterday that it is to cut the cost of wholesale broadband access for businesses.

Both ISPs say they will pass on the £5-a-month cut for BT's business-class IPStream products.

Although the modest price cuts have been welcomed, critics still accuse BT of failing to make broadband attractive enough for consumers and businesses.

Alistair Wyse of PlusNet said: "We've obviously got a long way to go before we see 'Broadband Britain', but this [wholesale price cut] comes as welcome news for business".

The price cuts come into force from September 1 and follow a similar reduction in wholesale costs for BT's consumer-based single user broadband product.

Elsewhere, it's also emerged that a number of ISPs were caught on the hop following yesterday's price cut and are annoyed that BT Wholesale went public with the news before telling them. ®

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