Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2000/12/19/another_isp_pulls_the_plug/

Another ISP pulls the plug

24-7 SpinolaVista axes remaining users

By Andrew Thomas

Posted in Bootnotes, 19th December 2000 11:50 GMT

Unmetered ISP 24-7 SpinolaVista has thrown off all its remaining users, claiming they had been abusing the service's terms and conditions.

Launched in August, the service broke new ground in value for money Web access by offering £2 million cashback with every £60 annual subscription. The company has now disconnected both users who passed the stringent criteria required for the service.

"To be honest, we thought our legal department had covered all the bases in our T&Cs," said CEO Sonny Pastrami. "But somehow these people slipped through the net and were accepted as customers.

"We were unprepared for actually having to provide a service at all. Any decent person would have accepted the £2 million and shut up about connection problems. Now our $100 million venture capital has run out, and we have no option but to disconnect our remaining users who are clearly in breach of our terms in expecting to be connected to the Internet at all. No refunds will be offered."

Asked on what the $100 million had been spent, Pastrami, speaking from a private jet en route to SpinolaVista's new corporate HQ and holiday complex in the Cayman Islands, said that details would have to await an audit currently being carried out by a leading merchant bank, Spinola Brothers plc. ®

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