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|Brown Takes Axe Internet Costs
- BT to face early competition on line charges
INTERNET costs could be slashed soon with the news that Chancellor Gordon Brown is to bring forward plans to open up the telecoms side of the web to competition.
Previously, Brown had said he would make British Telecom face rivals in the open market for the local loop services by the summer of 2001 but now wants to speed things up. Local loop lines link PC's to the world wide web.
"There must be no foot-dragging here," said Brown, who is worried that the UK will slip behind its competitors if it doesn't quickly increase the proportion of its population who can surf. Twenty per cent of British people are on-line compared with 50 per cent in the US.
After a campaign by user groups and industry commentators, BT itself issued a scheme for flat-fee access to the net earlier this year but will now face increased pressure to sort out its act before it faces competition.