Dozens of small communities have blazing fast home internet service because they’ve decided to install it themselves rather than wait for the big telecom companies.
Source: Fast fibre-optic internet arrives in many small towns before big cities – Technology & Science – CBC News
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Well the time came to drop Redbird as our internet provider. After spending a few weeks troubleshooting slow download speeds (2 mbit) and ridiculous upload speeds (.2 mbit) it came to light that they had “adjusted” our speed due to excessive uploads. The uploads are from dropbox, a program that many people use to save files across multiple platforms.
Little Loon results
I was seriously annoyed that they would just make our internet practically useless with no notice, which 30 days are required by law. But what was really kills me is all the hours spent trouble shooting and being told by the ISP that the connection was good, so I assumed we had a problem with our network and treated the situation as such.
So Little Loon it is. They installed a transmitter on the annoying Bel tower last year and started offering the same 5 mbit down/1 mbit up that Redbird
offers advertises at that time. There was no need to change until now.
The connection seems to be good so far and I am getting what I pay for, as opposed to the half or less than I paid for on Redbird. Ping time is quite a bit better as well. Cost is the same at $80 per month before tax. Free install if you are coming from another provider.
But what really sucks? Being happy with 5/1 mbit at $80/month. Pathetic.
Please fill out this petition to get new Canada Post mail boxes in the Mission Ridge sub division. For Phase 1 please use Mission Ridge Road, phase 2 use Metanczuk Road. Also, please complete as individuals, not couples or households. Thank you!
Hopefully this is what is installed
Here is a pdf that I copied and pasted for anyone interested in seeing the rules regarding towers: tower regulations
Unless you go to bed very early, you’ve probably noticed the rhythmic flashing of 20ish million candlepower from the CTV/ CFQC tower lately. I contacted the engineer in charge of the tower, Brent Galbraith, and he didn’t really think there was a problem and even commented that he didn’t think the lights were bright enough at one time and had them increased. Yet contrary to that he also said that he was waiting for a call back from a supplier regarding a price on a part. I suggested that the best time to hunt for better prices is when it is working properly, not when it is malfunctioning. The residents should not have to bear the inconvenience of them not having the part, and especially not just to save a few bucks. ETA of repair was from 2 – 6 weeks, which I find unacceptable.
There seems to be no real concern whether these towers work properly or not, and obviously no penalty when they don’t. I think we need to do something before this new tower gets lights on it.We could have 4+ flashes per second!
I’ll be contacting industry Canada to find out the actual regulations regarding lighting. Til then I encourage anyone to contact Brent on his cell number below to express your concerns.
Brent Galbraith: Engineer for CFQC / CTV tower
I realize this RM is further away from Saskatoon so that may affect assessments and mill rates, but since the meeting tonight involves them I decided to post the payable mill rates there. I’ll investigate more and find some average assessments to make reasonable comparisons.