Help us get our message through: Deutsche Telekom through their proxies Magyar Telekom and the Macedonian Telecom is terrorizing ADSL users in Macedonia by abusing their position as a monopoly.
The Macedonian Telecom is the only broadband internet, telephone and ADSL service provider in Macedonia. They were bought by the Hungarian Magyar Telekom, who in turn are owned by Deutsche Telekom. So far, the price for a (standard) ADSL package was around 50 USD (VAT included) for a 384/128 kbps connection, and was the cheapest available option.
However, starting November, they plan on introducing a new internet traffic limit of 4GB, and every initiated unit of 512MB above said limit will be charged at (around) $4, thus not only enabling users to do nothing more but surf "light" sites, but also violating several Macedonian laws. Since 49% of the shares of Macedonian Telecom are owned by the Government, we are (to put it mildly) doomed to go back to dial-up.
Now, don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with dial-up. When you have a phone to dial out from. You see, most users were duped into signing a 2-year contract with the Macedonian Telecom, which upon being disputed by the User invokes a clause which in turn forces the User to pay ridiculous penalties. Being the only ADSL and telephone provider in Macedonia, the Telecom couples the phone with the ADSL bill. If the user decides not to pay the penalties invoked by the breaking up of the contract, they won't be able to pay the phone bill as well, which means they won't have a phone as well.
And to put this in perspective, the average Macedonian wage is around 200 euro, or 300 USD. Of course, that's if they ARE employed, since the official unemployment rate is 38,6%.
The Macedonian media are silent, since most of their income comes from ads by the Macedonian Telecom, and the Government is in on the deal. Macedonia is already cut off from the rest of the World by having to go through a long, difficult and uncertain process in order to obtain a visa for almost all major Western European countries, as well as the USA and Canada. Don't let Deutsche Telekom, Magyar Telekom and the Macedonian Telecom make matters worse!
Help us put pressure on Deutsche Telekom and Magyar Telekom while we continue our battle here!!!