local Internet access provider has been recognized
recently in two national magazines for offering
reduced prices in the competitive dial-up ISP market.
Houston-based 550 Access, a subsidiary of VIP PowerNet,
charges $5.50 for its Internet service -- placing
it in a new industry category called budget ISPs.
550 Access was mentioned in the November 2003 issue
of PC World and the August 2003 issue of Newsweek
in connection to a new shift in price structures
for ISPs. Vivek Dave, president of VIP PowerNet,
claims 550 Access is the lowest-priced dial-up ISP
in the country.
The service has no banner ads or pop-ups, offers
150 hours of usage per month and provides free
online chatroom support. A traditional support
call costs $4, and service comes with a set-up
fee of $7.
Internet access has been available for several
years for as low as $10. One ISP, Juno, offers
10 hours of free dial-up service per month with
banner and pop-up ads.
Houston Business Journal