Nearly half of all homes in the UK are linked to the internet, according to figures issued this week by telecoms regulator Oftel.
The watchdog's annual review shows that 45 per cent of homes, or 11 million households, are online compared to just 30 per cent a year ago.
"Action by Oftel, notably the requirement of BT to offer wholesale unmetered internet access, has helped to put this flourishing market in place," Oftel director general David Edmonds told reporters.
The regulator put forward a proposal on 28 January for changes to the way BT supplies wholesale unmetered web access.
Oftel's move could give operators more flexible payment schemes by allowing them to pay for unmetered access in arrears rather than in advance. Currently an operator has to pay BT in advance for unmetered capacity.
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