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BT Slashes Cost of Fixed Net Access

BT Tuesday announced that it has more than halved the cost of low-speed permanent Internet connectivity by introducing an entry level service named BTnet Start.

Designed to meet the needs of small companies, the new service from the BTnet Services division costs £2,995 (US$ 4,800) per year for a 64kbps link. BT calls it "the first step into fixed Internet access."

To entice businesses to sign up for the service, BT says it will waive the normal £500 (US$ 800) connection fee until September, while other benefits include the registration of a business domain name, free e-mail addresses and full support during normal business hours. Excluded are security options, POP3 mail, and a Usenet feed.

Prior to the introduction of BTnet Start, the cost of a permanent Internet connection from BT was £6,600, (US$ 10,600) a sum that many smaller businesses found prohibitive.

Recent surveys have shown that while big U.K. corporations have embraced the Internet and are using it successfully, smaller companies still lag behind.