Expansive and Expensive

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Ars Technica has a great piece on their site titled “The Internet of tomorrow: 100Gbps to your house by 2030”
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/the-internet-of-tomorrow-100gbps-to-your-house-by-2030.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

There is a timetable outlining new internet architectures and their expected deployment over the next 25 years.

So where does Canada fit in?

It looks like we’re also to see gigabit fiber trial, but from Shaw not Google:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/02/great-white-north-getting-its-own-gigabit-fiber-trial.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

The poor speeds available in Canada are really just the start of the problem. The services are capped and filtered and throttled to near uselessness, and cost way too much.

The Toronto Star had an interesting article recently titled “We overpay for slow, old Internet: Study” :
http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/science/article/770697–we-overpay-for-slow-old-internet-study?bn=1    

It seemed to concur with a previous blog post on the current state, and cost, imposed by ISPs on Canadians.

I had to laugh when I read on the BlogTO site the following experience of one Roger’s customer.  The article is titled “Rogers: Now with More Bullshit (and Baseball)”http://www.blogto.com/tech/2008/03/rogers_now_with_more_bullshit_and_baseball/

The comments are as insightful as the article.

Judging from past actions and current offerings, we can expect a 1Gbps service in Canada to cost around $400 per month (assuming a 2 year contract, plus modem rental, plus $50 per month if you’re not currently a cable TV subscriber)

The upload speed will be about 800kbps, and the monthly transfer cap will be 30GB. But don’t worry about reaching the transfer cap, since any protocols that use significant bandwidth will be throttled, making it nearly impossible to reach it.

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