There was a cable cut in the Med (iirc) which could affect your speeds to certain sites but I haven't noticed any speed difference.
I have Bigpond Liberty 1500/256
The poll on the NineMSN site today is:
"Should we have a national internet censorship system?
Supposedly 26,288 morons have voted yes,
(I'm skeptical of that figure as it is a NineMSN poll that is open to manipulation) but get in and vote no from every computer you have access to