I was working for Telecom at the time. I can categorically say they were not aware of it.
I wil take your word on that. Seems to me to be a fundamental issue - the supply of a liscence and that Telecom failed to ask about this beggars belief. But given their Tivo failure comes as no surprise.
There is a more fundamental issue here that is more pressing than your assumption that a) Telecom didn't ask if they planned to pull the plug in 7 years time, or b) that there was collusion between Telecom and Hybrid to rip you off to the tune of $300