UK based internet service providers NTL and BT will be meeting head to head in combat this year when they battle it out over who is the best for broadband. NTL have already pulled out the big guns, announcing that current 750k and 1.5Mb customers will be automatically upgraded to the new 2Mb and 3Mb tiers of service at no extra cost. However, there is some indication of download limits being imposed on the new service.

NTL's 1Mb service - which comes with a 3 gig monthly usage allowance - costs £17.99 a month.

The 2Mb service costs £24.99 while the 3Mb service is priced at £37.99. Both come with a 1 gig a day usage allowance, although the cableco will not be checking usage allowances "until later this year."