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Cell services rapped for Internet practices

The Ministry of Information and Technology said yesterday that SK Telecom, KTF and LG Telecom, Korea’s three cell phone service providers, had made it difficult for their users to view portal Internet sites other than their own. All three companies have their own sites, designed to be viewed on cell phones with Internet access. A ministry official said that all three telephone companies brought up their own sites by default when a user turned on his phone’s Internet service, but made it difficult and cumbersome to navigate to other sites that offer an entryway to the rest of the Web. The ministry also criticized steep charges to users to browse the Internet regardless of the type of content and how much bandwidth was used, and said the three companies had frozen out smaller content providers as well as competing portal sites.

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