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Don't they have pretty severe bandwidth caps in Canada?
Im with shaw in Canada, and no, we do not have any caps yet.
Rogers, Videotron and Bell have bandwidth caps depending on the package you pay for.
Yes, and they're horrible - Videotron is at 50GB for their standard 8mbps package, and they charge outrageous fees for it. I can't believe they get away with it.
The CRTC is hypocritical in that it wants 5Mbps broadband for all Canadians by 2015 but have approved a new scheme called Usage-Based Billing (UBB) which would make the Internet more expensive.
My account with Shaw has no cap.
I'm on Shaw and I can confirm they DO have a cap, just don't advertise it. It's also fairly generous right now. I have their Extreme package and get 100GB/month. They will warn you if you exceed the cap by a large margin, or they used to. I recently blew through 235GB in one month (Yay Netflix!) but didn't receive a call on it. They did once give you 2 warnings for excessive use before trying to hit you with additional charges. Recent news I saw said Shaw is looking to impliment UBB this summer.
More regulatory nonsense, but regulators have to justify their existence.
Can't believe you guys have soooo slow i-net.
I have (in Latvia, Europe) real 100Mbps up/down (garantied) w.o. any limits for 20USD/month!
I can have 300 Mbps up/down for 50USD.
10+ years ago it was like 10Mpbs for 30USD
Ah, another "I live in BFE and have faster internet for less" poster.
Why don't we just start a new thread so that everyone can get it out of their system.
Yes, some countries have the advantage of putting in a brand new infrastructure where none existed before, so its only natural that when you do it for the first time you're gonna get better stuff installed. We get it.
I guess it's not about new vs old infrastructure , it's about that US/Canada telecom companies do not want to give speed to customers for fair price.
I have been on the so called High Speed 2-way satellite system since Dec 2005. Unfortunately, the main provider, Telesat, oversubscribed and took away most of the bandwidth for us Northern customers. Then they started slowing down traffic from 8 Am until 12 Midnight. Now they are also blocking P2P during this same time, plus a cap of 20 GB with $2/GB above or get slowed down to dial-up. Even our speeds are a joke. I pay $150 for 2 Mbps, but only get that for 25% of the day, and my cost is lower then what most pay, some as much as $400 for 2 Mbps and 5 GB cap and $25/GB after that. Of course, when we complain, CRTC sides with the provider. There is supposed to be a new satellite going up in June or July that will provide 15 to 25 Mbps, but at what cost and what hardware is required. Japan put up a satellite back in 2007 which provided speeds of 100 Mbps to 1.5 Gbps, so why are we still in the stone age.
Ok, to those saying that there is a bandwidth cap. It is not a bandwidth cap, it is a data cap. Bandwidth is how fast you receive the information. Data is the information itself.
Shaw is going to be enforcing its data caps this fall. TELUS also has data caps and is rumoured to be enforcing them soon as well. Shaw may have some faster speeds, but their data caps are garbage. 100GB is supposed to be more than enough on their 25/2.5 plan, but they'll sell you more data if you want. TELUS is a little more resonable. 250GB for their 25/2 plan, and 175GB (or is it 150GB) for their 15/1 plan.
I laugh when I see post like this about how your internet is so much faster in (insert small european country here)
Guess what genius when your country is the size of USA or Canada and you have to dig cable to cover the whole country image what speeds you would be getting and how much more expensive it would be. North america can fit 25 Latvia inside our borders.
When you understand that landmass = longer distances = more expensive then post noob.
Your *stoneage* I want a piece of please !
Here in thelandofdownunder we have 'polies' who say you can't have nuclear now more than ever since the events in Japan (prayers & hope to the survivors) which is the raw power you need to drive coper broardband. Then turn about face and scream about the actual physical outlay cost of installing a fiber optic *National Broadband Network* labelling it as fatuous (yes my point is as minute as is the amout of electricity lost through coper), but the bottom line is who eventually PAYS for wastage? Well that would be us the End User !!
Move to Latvia. =)
Latvia? What is it?
Is it some food? =')
I know what is Latvia lol
why you so serious? =')