BT set to close down dial-up internet services

BT will close down dial-up internet services on 1 September, despite the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) suggesting that up to a fifth of those living in rural areas do not have access to broadband.

BT has said that only a few thousand will be affected by the move, and that its narrowband (dial-up) service is currently £17.25 per month, and its cheapest broadband package costs £10 per month.

Those who are not able to change to broadband will be able to move to the Plusnet narrowband service.

A spokesperson for the CLA told The Telegraph: "We are concerned about the decision by BT to cut off the narrowband service and we are seeking to clarify the situation on behalf of our members."

At the moment, BT is looking to increase access to broadband in rural areas, as part of the government's £530m Broadband Delivery UK initiative

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