Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/10/01/aol_freeserve_tiscali_stick/

AOL, Freeserve, Tiscali stick with unmetered Net access

No plans to follow BTo's capping lead

By Tim Richardson

Posted in Media, 1st October 2002 11:16 GMT

The UK's leading ISPs all say they have no plans to follow BTopenworld's lead and cap their 24/7 flat-rate dial-up services.

Yesterday's move by BTopenworld to introduce a 150-hour a month cap on its unmetered AnyTime service is a major change for ISPs to consider.

No doubt the industry will watch with interest to see if there is any fall-out from BTopenworld's decision to introduce an ever-decreasing limit for Net users. But right now the UK's major ISPs are happy to stand by and watch.

Representatives of AOL UK, Freeserve and Tiscali all said their outfits had no plans to introduce such strict limits. And doubts were expressed over the ability of BTopenworld improve its financial standing through the introduction of user caps.

After all, that is one of the major reasons why the ISP - affectionately called BTopenwound because it leaks so much money - introduced this cash-saving initiative.

The early response from BTopenworld customers is that they feel they've been ripped off. One told The Register: "It's only a matter of time before they introduce more restrictions." ®

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