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Beeb.net (BBC) ISP to Close its Doors on 30th June 2008

Posted: 22nd Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
The BBC's beeb.net ISP has announced its intention to close the service on 30th June 2008. The move will come as little surprise given that the Beeb appeared to stop accepting new broadband signups several months back:

BBC Worldwide launched beeb.net back in 1999. The purpose of the service was to provide a trusted brand and a helping hand to get onto the internet at a time when it was still an exciting, but potentially confusing, new phenomenon. Since that time, the market for internet access has changed dramatically as most people have integrated use of it into their daily lives and the bundling of internet services with pay TV, telephone and even mobile services are becoming more common.

Closing beeb.net will enable us to concentrate our efforts on our core activities of bringing value to the BBC through content distribution, sales of TV programmes overseas, production of DVDs, books and magazines , and the expansion of our other online businesses such as commercial websites (for example topgear.com and radiotimes.com) and making content available on new platforms.

Sadly the closure involves all of the Beeb's services, which include dialup, broadband, webspace and e-mail accounts. Existing customers are being urged to find an alternative provider prior to its closure.

Rivals were never too happy with the BBC being part of the ISP market, especially given its public funding. However, Beeb had failed to keep its broadband package up to date, which resulted in a lot of lost custom. Credits to Thinkbroadband for spotting the announcement.
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