British Telecom, einer der größten Telefon- und Internetdienstanbieter in Großbritannien, hat den Schritt unternommen, seinen DFÜ-Dienst zu entfernen, mit der Begründung, dass nur eine „winzige Anzahl“ seiner Kunden diesen bestimmten Dienst nutzt.

As Breitband becomes increasingly popular, very few services now offer dial-up internet, leaving those living in rural and secluded areas with very few options should they not be in a position to install Breitband Internet.

Ländliche Kunden in der Kälte ausgelassen

BT revealed with the shut-down that approximately 1,000 customers would be left with no other internet options as they would be unable to move to Breitband given the remote locations of their homes and the inability for their phone lines to support Breitband.

A spokesperson spoke to the BBC about those who would lose out from the closure of the service, saying: “They will be too far from the telephone exchange to get any meaningful Breitband. The distance means that the Breitband signal degrades.”

Sebastian Lahtinen von Think Broadband sagte: “It’s a statement of how mainstream Breitband services have become, with entry-level Breitband being cheaper than the dial-up plans BT is closing down.”

Im Rückblick

Dial-up internet connections were once the most common form of internet connection, when Breitband was once too expensive for the vast majority of British households. Home access to the internet has become massively widespread in recent years.

The Daily Mail reported 80% of households in Britain have internet access, whilst 93% of those with internet access used a fixed Breitband connection. The remaining 5.2 million households without internet access claimed they “did not need it”, with 54% citing that as a reason.

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Andere Optionen

For those who would like to continue with internet access after the closure, there are several options. Though customers will continue to pay higher prices for dial-up compared to the now relatively cheaper Breitband Preise.

Alternativ gibt es Ratschläge von Andrew Walwyn, der CEO von EuropaSat: “For five years we’ve been trying hard to reach the consumers still subject to the drudgery of dial-up, to show them that satellite Breitband is the perfect alternative if they can’t get Breitband over wires.

„Das Feedback, das wir von denen erhalten haben, mit denen wir bisher gesprochen haben, ist, dass sie einfach nicht erkannt haben, dass es die Satellitenalternative gibt oder wie schnell moderne Satelliten-Internetlösungen sind.

“Clearly we want to reach out to these people now BT has decided to abandon the dial-up alternative to let them know we’re here. With so many aspects of modern life dependant on a fast Breitband connection, it’s vital that every home and business understands their options”, he said.