Small Alberta town gets massive 1,000 Mbps broadband boost

Rural community of Olds builds its own fibre network and starts its own ISP

Now if only I could get a grant for the town I live in.  Being only a few kilometres away from the fibre optic network set up by the provincial government is frustrating enough.

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The 2012 Best Rural Smart Hub Internet Plans In Alberta

UPDATE FOR 2012

Hi everyone,

The 2011 post seemed to get a lot of traffic and I’ve been slacking a bit to update it with 2012 pricing.  Here it is!

PROVIDER MONTHLY $ 3 GBS 5GBS 10GBS 15GBS OVERLIMIT $/GB
ROGERS $47.00 INCLUDED $57.00 $72.00 $92.00 $10.00
BELL $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 $90.00 $15.36
TELUS $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 NOT AVAILABLE $20.48
NOTE: THESE ARE ALL BASED ON 7.2MB/S SPEED PLANS

These are the current hubs available as of July 30th, 2012.

Bell Mobility Turbo Hub
Rogers Wireless Rocket Hub
Telus Mobility Smart Hub

I might add that the performance of your internet hubs relies greatly on where your nearest cellular tower is.  Steven Nikkel has made a very handy site that shows you where the closest towers are in your area and which company operates them.  

Check it out at www.ertyu.org it works for all of Canada. Even to snoop around, it’s really interesting to see how many towers there are across the country!

I’m currently running Bell’s Netgear MVBR1210C and it seems to be working out alright, the tower is a fair distance away but I still get decent download speeds. Now if I could just find a way to get an unlimited plan I’d be set.

Thanks again for reading! Take it easy and hope you find decent access to the internet wherever you may be!

CC.

Here is the background from my previous post in 2011.

Hey Internet users,

I go online, I’m rural in Alberta and it is not cheap or fast in my current situation so I’d thought I would share some research.  I surf the internet and currently live at Antler Lake, Alberta and we have (as I know currently) wireless, satellite, or dial-up.   I currently use an Internet Stick from Bell and decided to look at options other than Satellite or the Internet Stick. My internet stick isn’t exactly cheap considering Netflix and Youtube cost me $255 last month. Or fast because trying to upload my own pictures to this blog has been frustrating. The reliability of my “internet stick” has been questionable, last month I’ve been online and it seems that I have to unplug/reset my card within the first 5 minutes. I decided to check out what the best available mobile internet plan for people in rural areas in Alberta is. Here’s what I’ve found.  I hope this helps anyone in Canada/World, regardless of where live.

Smart Hub plans are currently offered by Bell, Telus, and Rogers as of April 12, 2011.  Data caps for Smart Hubs are a bit better than Internet Sticks, don’t ask me why.  These companies offer the following for Smart Hub Plans:

Note:  From what I’ve seen on the web, all of companies noted above use $/mb for over usage, which means 1024 MB per GB, and I will convert them for you to GB…  I think it seems only fair to offer that in the internet age of Vimeo, Youtube, Netflix, etc..  We’re all thinking in GigaBytes…

The rate plans I’ve found are for Alberta. Rates across the country for comparison/discussion would be appreciated!

Okay, now the nickels and dimes of the whole thing.

One Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes… So 1 cent / MB = $10.24 per GB.

  • Bell Mobility – NETGEAR MBR1210 Turbo Hub = $65 /month for 10GB – Anything over costs $15.36 CAD / GB.
  • Telus –  Smart Hub Plan = $70/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $20 CAD / GB.
  • Rogers – Rocket Hub = $85/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $10 CAD /GB.

Hopefully this helps you in finding an internet plan that works for you in the rural areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or any province in Canada, or the world!

If you find rate plans that are better than I have found, let me know!

Take Care,

Conquestcommando

Silversmithing Round 2/3

So, after working with copper, this class is pretty cool! After making a ring for my darling in the second class, I’ve got a couple more finished projects! I think I’m getting the hang of it. I think. 😉

Pendant

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Thumb Ring

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Until next Thursday, I have to think of a new project… I wonder what it could be.

Take it easy,

CC.

Retro PC Game Nostalgia

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Hey there retro games,

Recently I decided to play a game from my past that had always put a smile on my face when I was young.  Doom II…  I purchased this game during a family trip to Saskatoon and may I say, I was totally pumped to play it.  When I got home I rushed upstairs to play this thing.  After 4 hours of being enthralled with the graphics, sound, and game play, my mom came upstairs and knocked on the door. 

“Are you coming out for supper?”

I reluctantly paused the game, ate supper and came back to a game I will never forget. 

Wolfenstein (on a 3.5″) had nothing on this, though that was a great game too.  But that is another story.

Hope it sparks some memories. 

Take care,

CC.

P.S.  Finding this game in with a “Made in Canada” sticker on the back made me smile…

The 2011 Best Rural Smart Hub Internet Plans In Alberta

UPDATE FOR 2012

Hi everyone,

This post seems to get a lot of traffic and I’ve been slacking a bit to update it with 2012 pricing.  Here it is!  If you find anything better out there for plans, let me know or post it in the comments!  Take it easy.

CC.

PROVIDER MONTHLY $ 3 GBS 5GBS 10GBS 15GBS OVERLIMIT $/GB
ROGERS $47.00 INCLUDED $57.00 $72.00 $92.00 $10.00
BELL $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 $90.00 $15.36
TELUS $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 NOT AVAILABLE $20.48
NOTE: THESE ARE ALL BASED ON 7.2MB/S SPEED PLANS

These are the current hubs available as of July 30th, 2012.

Bell Mobility Turbo Hub
Rogers Wireless Rocket Hub
Telus Mobility Smart Hub

Hey Internet users,

I go online, I’m rural in Alberta and it is not cheap or fast in my current situation so I’d thought I would share some research.  I surf the internet and currently live at Antler Lake, Alberta and we have (as I know currently) wireless, satellite, or dial-up.   I currently use an Internet Stick from Bell and decided to look at options other than Satellite or the Internet Stick. My internet stick isn’t exactly cheap considering Netflix and Youtube cost me $255 last month. Or fast because trying to upload my own pictures to this blog has been frustrating. The reliability of my “internet stick” has been questionable, last month I’ve been online and it seems that I have to unplug/reset my card within the first 5 minutes. I decided to check out what the best available mobile internet plan for people in rural areas in Alberta is. Here’s what I’ve found.  I hope this helps anyone in Canada/World, regardless of where live.

Smart Hub plans are currently offered by Bell, Telus, and Rogers as of April 12, 2011.  Data caps for Smart Hubs are a bit better than Internet Sticks, don’t ask me why.  These companies offer the following for Smart Hub Plans:

Note:  From what I’ve seen on the web, all of companies noted above use $/mb for over usage, which means 1024 MB per GB, and I will convert them for you to GB…  I think it seems only fair to offer that in the internet age of Vimeo, Youtube, Netflix, etc..  We’re all thinking in GigaBytes…

The rate plans I’ve found are for Alberta. Rates across the country for comparison/discussion would be appreciated!

Okay, now the nickels and dimes of the whole thing.

One Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes… So 1 cent / MB = $10.24 per GB.

  • Bell Mobility – NETGEAR MBR1210 Turbo Hub = $65 /month for 10GB – Anything over costs $15.36 CAD / GB.
  • Telus –  Smart Hub Plan = $70/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $20 CAD / GB.
  • Rogers – Rocket Hub = $85/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $10 CAD /GB.

Hopefully this helps you in finding an internet plan that works for you in the rural areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or any province in Canada, or the world!

If you find rate plans that are better than I have found, let me know!

Take Care,

Conquestcommando

Perspective on Usage Based Billing in Canada… From Reddit.com

I may start to sound like a broken record on this UBB thing, but I think it’s important in Canada. The internet is a luxury, I realize that. What I do have a concern with is with price gouging by any form of business when it is not necessary. Oh wait, price gouging is never necessary. So here is something interesting to get your brains going.

I just came across this on Reddit (I discovered Reddit about a month ago…Sigh.) The idea that this may be a cheaper alternative is starting to make me think that UBB could get this bad.

Click to see the comments generating from this on Reddit!

Reddit post from a concerned Canadian. Click to see the comments generating from this photo on Reddit!