Feeds

Breathe blows off Biscit deal

No other suitors yet

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Breathe’s rescue of Biscit Internet is off, the would-be rescuer announced this afternoon.

Breathe Networks stepped in last week with an offer to buy up the customer base of Biscit, just days after the London-based ISP slipped into administration. Last Friday Breathe said it hoped to ensure a “smooth migration with no downtime or disruption for customers.

By this afternoon, it seemed a spanner had been lodged firmly in the works, with Breathe saying the deal was off due to “a number of legal and commercial issues between Biscit (currently in administration) and its suppliers.”

Breathe added it would still be delighted to take on Biscit customers, but it was “prohibited from contacting them directly”.

Tony Thompson, of Piper Thompson, Biscit’s administrator, confirmed the deal had fallen down this afternoon. He said there were no other suitors at this stage.

This does not bode well for Biscit customers, who have been "hung out to dry," one Reg reader complained. "We have no means of getting a MAC from Breathe or BISCit and BT just state we should contact our supplier - great news, eh?."

In the UK, the Migration Authorisation Code (MAC) is a unique identifier used by consumers to switch broadband ISPs. The existing service provider cannot withhold an authorisation code to enforce debt collection or contractual rights. So at first sight, Biscit's administrators should have the right to transfer MACs to whoever they choose.

We shall have an update tomorrow. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.