Both Telewest Broadband and BT hope to shake up the home internet market with the introduction of a low-cost 256kbp/s broadband services.
Both companies are answering what they believe is a growing number of consumers looking for cheaper broadband access, by launching the new entry-level service for just £17.99 and £19.99 a month respectively.
Telewest's serivce is scheduled for launch in spring. It will cost only £2 more than dial-up services from BT Yahoo! and AOL, but offers surfing speeds up to five times faster.
Consumers can register for the service at www.telewest.co.uk/blueyonder256.
The first 5,000 people signing up through the pre-registration site will be offered free installation and their first month free - a saving of £67.99. Consumers can check availability of Telewest Broadband services in their area with the postcode checker www.telewest.co.uk/blueyonder, or by calling 0800 953 5000.