Petition urges Telecom to rethink broadband pricing

Almost 2000 'signatures' have been collected in the first 24 hours of an online petition calling for Telecom to review its JetStream pricing policy.

Almost 2000 "signatures" have been collected in the first 24 hours of an online petition calling for Telecom to review its JetStream pricing policy.

The man behind the petition, Keith Humm says Telecom needs to listen to the customers who use the service.

Humm, a student and part-time developer, started the petition to show Telecom there are customers who want a service and are willing to pay for it.

"We strongly urge you to undertake serious thought in terms of how you are to best help this country (which has extremely high internet usage per head of population) grow in terms of a competitive broadband industry," says the petition.

Humm says Telecom's emphasis on data caps rather than speed is the wrong approach to take.

"Emphasis on speed should really be the issue. When I look at high speed internet plans, I want to be able to know that even if I decide to download a lot one month, I will still be able to surf the net without having to pay extra for every megabyte I download."

Humm says some websites clock up 1MB just on the first page and that makes data caps of 500MB "insulting".

"I would even myself go as far as saying what Telecom is doing with the local loop ... is bordering on monopolistic".

Telecom spokesman John Goulter did not immediately return Computerworld Online's calls.

Telecom currently has over 72,000 DSL customers both residential and business.

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