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LineOne Predicts More Free ISPs
For Immediate Release
THE head of Internet service provider LineOne thinks that going free has
been the best thing that could have happened to the previously
subscription-based company and that the free phenomenon will continue.
Since going along the Internet service provider (ISP) "free way" in April,
LineOne's member figures have jumped from 80,000 to 300,000, making it one
of the most used services in the UK.
Managing director Ajay Chowdhury said: "We are continually trying to improve
the LineOne service and will be redesigning our front page to reflect
consumer opinion and also launching an Internet assistant to sit on the
"We feel that going to a free ISP model has benefited us greatly
because of the amount of content we already had in place. There are
more and more people starting to use the Internet and I do not see
the free ISP model fading very quickly."
He also believes that the ISP market will continue to offer free access to
the Net but that there will also be different models from which to choose.
He added: "I see the market operating pretty much like the mobile phone
market. We are certainly looking into the free phone call option, as well as
other avenues such as broadband.
"The UK will lead the way with broadband, much quicker than America
which has had a couple of setbacks. But we are very keen to be
involved with broadband, especially using the television set for
The company, which is jointly owned by BT and United News and Media, is to
receive a 12 million pounds sterling funding injection to boost content on
its sites. As well as a front page redesign there will also be a desktop
assistant that will allow users to know when their friends are online.
LineOne, telephone: +44 906 30 20 100
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