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Re: [SLUG] OT - Telstra to cap flat rate ADSL & Cable plans at 3Gb/month

I disagree that Telstra are providing a good service for the money. In the
USA, cable is a measely US$20/month. In Canada, my friend Marc gets his
1Gb/sec ASDL for CAN$20/month, which is something ridiculous like AUD$25 or
whatever. Telstra have no real competition when it comes to broadband, and
they are ripping us all off. You watch them squeal like pigs when
competitors like AT&T come in and Telstra has to lower their prices to
something more reasonable. AT&T have had an office in Sydney for at least 5
years, it's only a matter of time before they come in and clean up.

I doubt seriously that Telstra gives a shit about its customers. They
certainly don't know how to run a business, if they treated their customers
with a bit of respect, stopped grossly overcharging and their customer
service people were not so rude, I'm sure they would win more customers and
make bigger profits as a matter of due course anyway.

I wonder how much a T1 would cost me through Telstra? All channels in the
T1. In the USA, it's a piddling US$300/month, fractional T1's are
drastically less. I'm sure it would be some ridiculous cost here throught

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Crossfire" <xfire@nospam.xware.cx>
To: "DaZZa" <dazza@nospam.zip.com.au>
Cc: "Alister Waller" <alister@nospam.roadtechsystems.com.au>; <slug@nospam.slug.org.au>
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 2:10 AM
Subject: Re: [SLUG] OT - Telstra to cap flat rate ADSL & Cable plans at

> DaZZa was once rumoured to have said:
> > On Thu, 7 Jun 2001, Alister Waller wrote:
> >
> > > 3GB is loads for a home account.
> > >
> > > What would you want more for???
> >
> > Lessee.
> >
> > 1 Debian ISO - 650 meg
> It costs less to buy these off of Anthony than to download them on any
> permemant connection plan offered by any ISPs I know of.
> > 1 kernel source tree download - 20 meg
> Tiny.  You do it once.  Then you use patches therein.
> > 1 software .ZIP, downloaded 3 times because the shitty server it's on
> > corrupting it in transit - 120 meg.
> Stupid.
> > 1 set of upgrades for SuSE 7 - 65 meg
> Accepted traffic.  and you only download this sort of bulk a few times
> a month.  Its not like you're downloading the same 65meg of updates
> every day.
> Basically, I don't give a damn about everybody whining about this.
> You've had it good, you've abused the service, and now you're
> complaining since Telstra is finally doing something to assert some
> reasonable quality of service for the rest of us.
> All in all its still a damned good deal.
> You pay less than the ADSL business customers, and they only get
> 500Mbs before they start paying.
> You pay less for that 3GB of traffic than any BP:D customers.
> (at the old 19c/meg for BP:D, thats $583 worth of traffic)
> you have good bandwidth for burst activity (which is what I use my
> ADSL for), and you get a `permenant' connection.
> 3GB is enough for daily web surfing, non-stop IRC, email, a bit of
> games here and there when the leechers aren't burning up the
> bandwidth, downloading debian updates, etc.
> Now stop whining and finally accept that you're still recieving a good
> service for the money, and that Telstra are being perfectly
> reasonable.
> They're trying to protect their own business *and* the quality of the
> service for other customers (which has been declining steadily as the
> number of customers has been increasing due to the increase in
> acitivity which is making this sort of change necessary).  If you
> can't accept that you are expected to act responsibly with such a
> service, then you shouldn't be using it.
> C.
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