Like you say rusty the difference between shaw and telus can be different in each area. On vancouver island I experienced huge swings in ping and speed depending on the time of day with shaw. Shaw made gaming and voip quality suffer during prime time. I was also getting tired of the constant price increases last year. I went to telus for tv and internet and was happy. I ended up moving to teksavvy because I like how they run their business. I now get my tv via ota and netflix
When I had optik my modem would sync to 34m down 3.2up
I had no issues getting 25meg down when recording 2HD streams. When using 3hd stream I would get 20m down.
Currently I'm using teksavvy and receive these speeds 24/7
ping was a little high from qos rules, my wife was on the phone