*AltaVista Terminates Flat-Rate Access Deal in UK
"The current state of the U.K. telecom market has not enabled the company to deliver an unmetered service within the time scales originally planned," AltaVista said in a statement.
British Telecommunications has a monopoly on fixed-line telecommunications into the home in most areas. The company did not offer a wholesale unmetered product to ISPs at the time AltaVista announced its plan.
Though British Telecommunications has since offered unmetered access for customers surfing the Net at peak times, AltaVista said that the delay in providing flat-rate circuits convinced it to terminate the deal.