Two internet service providers (ISPs) have modified their ADSL broadband offerings, with BTopenworld halving installation costs and Nildram offering a centralised firewall service.
BTopenworld is offering business customers £130 cash back if they sign up for one of its three 'multi-user' Broadband Plus products and the ISP's Internet Business Pack.
The offer applies to all orders placed until 30 September, with installation taking place before 31 October.
The Internet Business Pack adds web space, email accounts and a domain name to the connection and costs £10 per month.
The Broadband Plus products facilitate small office networking and start at £89.99 per month plus VAT for a 512Kbps connection, rising to £159.99 per month plus VAT for a 2Mbps line.
"Budgets can be tight for small businesses so, by offering cash back on the installation fee, we're removing one of the main barriers to adoption," said a BTopenworld spokesman.
Meanwhile, Nildram is offering ADSL broadband incorporating a firewall service.
Martin Jowett, the ISP's sales and marketing director, said: "It is often said that, when a firewall has been breached, the firewall security is only as good as the knowledge of the person who configured it. Keeping this knowledge up to date is a constant battle.
"As this new firewall service is centrally located within our infrastructure, it can be of the 'industrial' strength required to stop attacks."
The downside to always-on internet connections is that users are an easier target for hackers looking to steal data or install Trojans that allow them to use the PC for denial of service attacks.
Nildram's service is available in four versions - Secure Home500A, Secure Office500, 1000 and 2000 - with prices starting at £35.99 a month, including VAT.
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