I have been throttled. I went over my 10gb limit, even though Telstra's website says that my allowance is 12gb. The person I spoke to over the telephone changed me over to the new plan, which is my old plan with an extra two gigs allowance, but it is the same plan and the one that Telstra's website tells me I am on anyway. Confused? I am not. I expect nothing less from Telstra. The nice chappie said that he could release me from the throttling but not until I went over the ten gigs. At that point I was 9.980. He said to just call back once I was over and he put a note on my file.
But you know what? My plan allows an 8mbps download and I am throttled to 64kbps and I can't tell the effing difference. What does that say about my fast bigpond cable? I won't bother calling.
Telstra has been inundating me with emails and literature of a very strong nature even saying that the Australian Competition and Consumer Corporation? is a rogue organisation. They suggested a list of people to contact, including parliamentarians, for a fairer deal for Telstra, and they then may upgrade the Australian internet service to something vaguely near the rest of the civilised world.
Whatever you think of Telstra, they are a private company and are there to make profits for shareholders.
It is so simple. The government should build and own the physical infrastructure and lease it to whoever wants it, for a profit. Telstra really would be in trouble then when they had to compete on a 'level playing field', the phrase they are so fond of using.
I think I just shot my self in my own Telstra share owning foot.
Just to wrap, back in the nineties it was predictable that people who do not have the internet would be disadvantaged in the future. The time has arrived where this is happening. In Australia we are surely at the point where the internet must be a right, not a privilege.