This is surely causing a lot of concern in Ireland. For example, on the Irish discussion forum boards.ie, a thread started about this two days ago has already got 474 replies and over 17,000 views at this time of writing. :eek:
Unfortunately in Ireland, there is not much competition on the ISP market except in the major towns and cities where exchanges have Local-loop unbundling. As a result, all the DSL packages available outside of these exchanges similar pricing for 1Mbps, 3Mbps and 7.6Mbps packages, not to mention strict monthly usage caps of 10GB, 30GB & 50GB, respectively.
As Eircom already has a significant bandwidth issue in certain parts of the country, maybe they figure this will help discourage heavy P2P downloaders from using its network and solve its contention issue... :rolleyes: