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ISP Biscit has won its High Court case against NetServices.

The case started after London-based Biscit bought ISP V21 in October. NetServices sent Biscit an invoice for "burst bandwidth" charges accrued by V21, which Biscit disputed.

In November the dispute escalated when Salford-based NetServices switched off V21's wholesale DSL provision. In late November NetServices reconnected customers prior to a "bulk cease" by BT, which would leave customers free to sign up to any provider they wished.

NetServices must now return all of Biscit's authentication realms like v21.co.uk, speeddsl.com, and ispnet to Biscit, the service provider said.

Hugh Paterson, chief executive of Biscit, told The Register: "This means no interruptions to customers over Christmas. We've won the battle and now we will be seeking damages from NetServices."

NetServices was not available to comment.

In other news Ofcom announced today it is changing the way MAC(Migration Access Code) numbers are given out to consumers. You need a MAC number to easily switch broadband providers but most providers charge you for the privilege and some have been accused of dragging their feet. From Valentine's Day next year Ofcom says ISPs will have to provide such numbers for free.

Ofcom hopes the changes will be enough but will consult for the next six months to ensure the changes make life easier for consumers. More from Ofcom here.®

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