Oftel has launched an inquiry into whether unmetered Internet access can be offered to ISPs over BT’s network.

The results of this enquiry will be announced in the next few weeks, according to Silicon.com.

The enquiry was inspired by the collapse of talks between BT and a number of ISPs over the manner in which BT plans to offer unmetered access to ISPs.

BT wants to keep some metered elements in its charges, ISPs vehemently oppose this, claiming it's possible to institute truly unmetered charges over BT's network.

The charging system currently favoured by BT was originally developed as a stop-gap measure while talks took place, but now BT wants to hang on to it. ISPs, and British businesses do not, and are asking for unmetered Internet-access now so e-commerce initiatives in the UK can keep up with international competition.