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Following Europe, more ISPs drop Net access charges

Battling for users, companies including Web portal AltaVista, Net investment firm Softbank, and Qwest Communications jump on the "free" Net access bandwagon.

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Battling for users, companies including Web portal AltaVista, Net investment firm Softbank, and Qwest Communications jump on the "free" Net access bandwagon. Meanwhile, in Europe, totally "free" access remains an elusive reality.

 


AltaVista offers free dial-up Net access
The company debuts its free Internet access, resurrecting a business model that failed in the United States in the past but has taken off in Europe of late.

The path to free Net access in Europe
The dramatic rise of "free" Internet services across Europe over the last six months raises a critical question: How long will it take before free access becomes completely free?

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Softbank to offer decade of free Net access to schools
Japan's biggest investor in online businesses says the joint venture it will establish with Tokyo Electric Power and Microsoft will offer ten years of free Internet access to schools in Japan.

Qwest to offer long distance, Net access package
update Qwest Communications International says it will offer free Internet access to consumers who purchase a special long distance calling plan.

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