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Mike_C

join:2007-07-19
Vancouver, BC

Olds, AB building nation's first 1Gbps internet service

And they're doing it themselves to all existing residences and businesses and it'll be way cheaper than Telus' offerings.

My favorite quote from the article: "Because we're a community-owned project we get to balance out profitability versus what's best for the community."

»www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story···lds.html

Anyone think Telus will even notice the entire community drop off their service? If Olds can install fiber that cheap, a question we all should be asking is why can't Telus/Shaw/etc?

xtachx

join:2005-11-19
canada
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said by Mike_C:

If Olds can install fiber that cheap, a question we all should be asking is why can't Telus/Shaw/etc?

Because of 0 competition for Telus and Shaw. They know that the options people have are Telus and Shaw so they can arbitrarily raise the rates and offer shit service.

Community broadband is only feasible in smaller rural areas, and these are areas that telus / shaw has no interest in serving.
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Bell Canada: It is “Preposterous" that consumers should get content they want on their cellphones.

TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
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reply to Mike_C
said by Mike_C:

If Olds can install fiber that cheap, a question we all should be asking is why can't Telus/Shaw/etc?

It's not really that they can't... it's that they don't see any reason to upgrade existing areas to fiber.

Like xtachx said, there is no competition against the traditional xDSL and cable services in already developed areas.

And installing new fiber is probably still more expensive that milking the old copper network for all it's worth.

Zinc64

join:2013-03-13
Vancouver, BC
reply to Mike_C
$14 million for a town of 8500 people?
$5000 /month for a business connection?
$2.8 million government grant
Not exactly great numbers.
Plus...it wouldn't even be possible w/o tapping into the Alberta Supernet...which is taxpayer money


rustydusty

join:2009-09-29
Red Deer, AB
reply to Mike_C
Supernet: biggest joke ever. I contracted myself to a county in central AB which was never connected to supernet (was suppose to, though) and had to pay a massive construction cost to get connected last year. So in reality we are paying for the supernet over and over, as tax payers.

uriliar

join:2013-07-19
said by rustydusty:

Supernet: biggest joke ever. I contracted myself to a county in central AB which was never connected to supernet (was suppose to, though) and had to pay a massive construction cost to get connected last year. So in reality we are paying for the supernet over and over, as tax payers.

I agree usually the most frequent posts are the biggest joke of all


Cartel
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join:2006-09-13
Chilliwack, BC
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·TELUS
reply to Mike_C
False...Vancouver is first

OneGigabit, a small start-up launched by computer networking and telecommunications specialist Eric Kuhnke, says that for $45 to $65 a month, he will be offering speeds comparable to those offered by Google Fiber, and also with no bandwidth caps.

»www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c···net.html
»onegigabit.ca/servicearea.shtml