From April next year, 527 Further Education Colleges, 4,300 public libraries and 785 Citizens Advice Bureaux will be able to save more than 50% on standard charges for Internet access.Under BT’s proposed Public Institution Internet Caller package these bodies will enjoy unlimited daytime Internet access for six hundred pounds a year, or twelve hundred pounds for a higher-speed ISDN line.
Several other companies, including Energis, NTL and Telewest are also planning to offer special tariff packages for certain public institutions. Kingston Communications already do so for libraries in the Hull area.
The proposals are part of an initiative by OFTEL which began with telecoms operators providing schools with low rate daytime Internet access. Following on from the success of this initiative, OFTEl suggested that cheaper tariffs could be extended to other institutions in support of the Government’s policy to extend access to the Internet.
Details of BT’s Public Institutions Internet Caller Service is available from OFTEL’s website at http://www.oftel.gov.uk