Users of Telecom's various "speed-limited" JetStream plans will have to make do with dynamic IP addresses as they are on residential plans and aren't allowed to host servers.
Several users have questioned why they are being asked to switch from a static-IP address to a dynamic one, however Telecom spokeswoman Katrina King says the policy is clearly spelt out.
"Telecom requires all JetStream customers with speed limited plans ... to have a single dynamic address. These plans are only available to residential customers and, as such, they would not require a static IP address to run business applications.”
King says this applies to all JetStream Starter, JetStream Home and JetStream Surf plans but not to the full-speed JetStream products which are also available for business users.
The ruling has been handed on to other ISPs as well. King says the JetStream Surf plans have highlighted a problem with Telecom's billing system and the way some ISPs are treated.
"The introduction of the JetStream Surf plans has highlighted an issue with the way Telecom accounts for the difference between static and dynamic IP addresses and the associated accounting records, on the Fast-IP Direct Service. This issue affects a small number of ISPs who share a context on the Fast-IP Direct Service."
Telecom is working on a solution to the problem.
Telecom announced it would enforce its "no server" rule for JetStream Starter customers in December 2001 after the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing craze caused noticeable amounts of traffic to be uploaded from users' home PCs.