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V21 Warns - Dialup Priced Broadband

Posted: 17th Feb, 2005 By: MarkJ
ISP V Two One (V21) has welcomed the BBC's live streaming video coverage of the Six Nations Internationals (rugby) to Internet surfers as a boost for broadband. They also took the opportunity to warn of dialup priced hi-speed services:

Rugby fans are expected to lead the race to sign up for broadband internet connection since the BBC announced it would be offering live streaming video coverage of the Six Nations Internationals via broadband through its website.

In addition to live coverage, the BBC reported that it would also be offering UK broadband users half-time highlights and full highlights within five minutes of a game finishing.

Steve Kaye, Managing Director of top UK Internet Service Provider, V Two One, said the move was a logical step forward for utilising the capability of high-speed ADSL (broadband) technology and reflected the increasing popularity of broadband use - there are now more than 5 million broadband subscribers in the UK.

"Companies are now producing high-media content at an increased rate, developed specifically for broadband users as the demand is now there. This initiative by the BBC is just one example of how broadband customers can benefit."

Steve added that with over 40,000 new broadband connections being made each week, the implications of this level of uptake were far reaching.

"The competition between ISPs in the UK is growing and with new offers surfacing on an almost daily basis, consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a provider.

"Connection fees and modem prices are being lowered and many of the larger providers do not require subscribers to opt in to year long contracts. V Two One's no-ties ADSL option is its most popular package, proving that consumers are aware of the broadband price war and keen to stay abreast of the latest deals.
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Steve warned that the battle for broadband customers had also created a host of cheaper "alternatives" that enable web users to log on using ADSL at a reduced price.

Broadband services for the price of a dial-up connection should start alarm bells ringing, he said. Customers who were paying the same as a dial-up connection, should not expect to experience all the benefits of a true, ultra-fast broadband connection.


The comments are unexpected because V21 itself offers a £16.99 per month 512Kbps broadband package, which is but a hair off the price of a standard unmetered dialup package.
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