*cough* reminds me of adsl and the 0867 debacle ... telecom were hitting overloading issues apparently so they wanted to charge to call your isp. i seem to remember something like you got 20 hours of calling, then it was going to cost heaps? but it struck lots of fud into the somewhat growing internet market in nz...
I presume you mean dialup, not ADSL. Yes I remember it well (not as a Telecom employee then though!).
As usual though, people weren't interested in balanced stories.
Cheers - N