BT Joins U.K. Flat-Rate Internet Access Wars

LONDON (03/08/2000) - British Telecommunications PLC today announced its long awaited SurfTime service, a flat-rate Internet access plan for U.K. residential customers.

SurfTime, which is targeted for a June 1 launch, will offer three separate usage and payment plans, BT said in a statement.

For 24 hour unmetered Internet access, seven days a week, the monthly charge will be 29.25 pounds (US$46.20) for residential customers and 29.74 pounds for business customers, BT said.

Another plan offers users unmetered Internet access on weekday evenings and at weekends for 15.25 pounds (US$24.10) per month, with a surcharge of 1 penny per minute for daytime Internet access.

Finally, BT will also offer a rental line to infrequent Internet users for 9.26 pounds per month that can also be used for telephone calls, with a 1 pence per minute charge for Internet access during the day, a 0.6 pence per minute charge in the evening and a charge of 0.5 pence per minute over weekends.

BT said it will offer access to SurfTime to other U.K. ISPs (Internet service providers), the most popular of which make no subscription charge but charge for calls.

BT, in London, can be reached at +44-207-356-5000 or at http://www.bt.com/.

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