[LINK] Telstra data bill shock

Leah Manta link at fly.to
Wed Jun 24 22:58:03 EST 2009

At 06:37 24/06/2009, James Collins wrote:
> > days, he said Bigpond metering recorded between 30MB to 88MB data use
> > each day.
>You know, they re-wrote that usage meter a while back, and it's never been
>quite the same since.
>Having said that, there's a number of things that can cause these issues.
>Especially when they meter data being delivered to your modem. If your modem
>does something with it, then all is well and good, but if it does something
>else, like reject it or even not process it, they just throw their hands in
>the air and say, "Tough"...
>What I am saying is, just because the user didn't request 60 gigabytes of
>data, doesn't mean it wasn't sent through Telstra's network with a
>destination of their modem....

Probably ICMP packets being tossed at the ingress interface, 
invisible to the user, but visible to the data counters at 
Telstra.  End result, Telstra makes money it has deniable plausibility.

this is not a new or sudden occurrence.  Many many many cases have 
gone before, and been won.

>I actually have a solution for that, it's called "The Protected Network",
>and solves the issue once and for all. At least for those who use it... And
>providing it wasn't valid data too!

Yes is Telstra allocated net 10 addresses in /32 subnets using VLSN, 
then problem would go away totally.  If someone wants  visible IP, 
then they risk the traffic, unless Telstra finally agrees to dismiss 
traffic that is "not delivered to the destination network"

Ahhh well.

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