AltaVista is being sued for £215m in the High Court by a former UK partner that claims it reneged on a deal surrounding the US giant's highly feted unmetered Internet access offer. The Free Internet Group, a UK infrastructure provider, is demanding the damages for what it says was the ISP's failure to honour a contract in which Free Internet would have provided all the equipment and support for the new service.
The UK company already provides a similar service for Excite, but says AltaVista pulled the plug on the agreement, blaming technical and quality problems.
It is demanding that the US giant either reinstates the contract or pays compensation. AltaVista, meanwhile, has appointed ClaraNet as its service provider in place of Free Internet.
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