BT has confirmed that it will sell its Midband internet service for only around £1.50 per month less than its broadband offering - and cap the access as well.
The BT Midband product is based on the telco's Home Highway ISDN service. Because it does not require local exchanges to be upgraded it should, in theory, be available to around 97 per cent of the UK population.
Midband was touted as an affordable alternative for people who could not get ADSL or could not afford the full service.
But BT has now announced that Midband is expected to cost £35 a month, and will be limited to 150 hours online a month. The service is expected to be available from 1 June.
Defending the price tag, which is considerably more than the £25 to £30 mooted last year, a BT spokesman explained that the end user effectively gets two phone lines for the price of one.
"The monthly line rental is included in the £35 per month charge. With ADSL you have to pay for the internet service and the monthly line rental of £9.50 as well bringing up the true cost of ADSL to around £36.50," he said.
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