I have been reading the forum with great interest. While i wish I could offer a silver bullet to get around this silly situation that we are all in I cant. But What I can offer is a a chance to try something that would speed up your web browsing and web based downloads by around 5-8 times while at the same time decreasing the number of bytes sent and received over your line. Right now the system only works on HTTP traffic, however in few weeks time we will be releasing a SME version of the service in the USA and Europe which will include a e-mail compression module which will optomise e-mail by around 50-80% depending on content. We are also looking for pilots to try out the SME system please mail me if you are interested.
We are currently piloting the residential version of Artera turbo in conjunction with the nice people at IS. please see www.arteraturbo.com for more info on how the system works. If any of you would like to try the residential version out for free please go to http://download.Artera.com/SA and download the zip file to your hard drive. Then extract the files and run the install shield wizard which will walk you through the configuration of the client.
There is a speed test utility built into the client which will test your connection speed with and without Artera Turbo running. I would recommend that you visit www.toast.net/performance which has a similar speed test but is independent of the Artera network for a comparison. Both these tests measure the throughput of HTTP traffic by comparing the time taken to download a mixture of data to the size of the file. The results may very depending on what time you connect and the congestion of the greater internet at that time.
Built into the client is a users guide which should be able to answer most of your queries however should you have any issues please feel free to drop me a line.