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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. is considering halving its fixed monthly charge designed for heavy Internet users — now in a trial phase — from the current 8,000 yen to around 4,000 yen as early as April, NTT officials said Tuesday.

The move came in response to a greater-than-expected number of users shifting to such services during the past couple of months, they said. Competition from cable television networks and Internet access services planning to utilize NTT’s newly developed asymmetrical digital subscriber lines are also behind the move for a lower charge.

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