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Quebec company tests 30, 50Mbps Internet

updated 05:00 pm EST, Wed February 6, 2008

30, 50Mbps cable Internet

A company in the Canadian province of Quebec will soon match Verizon in deploying some of the fastest consumer Internet access in North America, according to reports. Cable supplier Videotron is preparing to debut two "Ultimate Speed Internet" plans, capable of downloads at 30 and 50Mbps, respectively. This is an upgrade on the company's current top tier of 20Mbps, and takes advantage of pre-DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The plans will cost $65 and $80 CAD per month.

Unlike Verizon's equivalent FiOS service however, the Videotron technology will have several drawbacks. First is a maximum upload speed of 1Mbps, due to a lack of upstream channel bonding. The initial deployment will also be restricted to just 112,000 homes in Laval, when the province's total population is over 7.7 million. Finally, caps of 30 and 50GB per month (including uploads) are being put in place, with an overage charge of $1.50 per GB. The sheer bandwidth of Ultimate Speed could make it possible to exceed each cap in a matter of days, if not hours. [via Broadband Reports]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Videotron SUCKS!

    But its Canada, it all sucks. Bunch of socialist morons.

  1. crazycanuck

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Videotron

    Jarod-

    As a Canadian do you know what the word "socialist" means? I guess you can't recall what the former President Roosevelt did while he was in office. The policies he introduced can be considered considered Socialist!

    Roosevelt campaigned for direct government by the people, secret ballots, recall elections, initiatives, public knowledge of campaign contributions, minimum wage for women, prohibition of child labor, workers compensation, social health insurance, and pensions for the elderly.

    Wake up...you are living in a Fascist country and you can thank Bush for that.

    Cheers.

    CrazyCanuck

  1. das

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Two idiots + another: me

    Ignoring the grammatical clumsiness of your first sentence, do you even know what Fascism is, in any kind of real-world, practical, meaningful sense?

    Hint: the United States is nowhere close to that, and you don't have to like or hate Bush to know that. But hey, throwing around incendiary hyperbole (not to mention calling Roosevelt remotely anything that resembles a Socialist in the traditional sense for simply having some "progressive" social policy) makes you just as ignorant as the idiot to whom you were responding.

    Congratulations.

    God I hate when people talk politics in the comments of MacNN stories, and now I'm doing it myself. :-(

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    LOL

    We're just bored really ;-) But seriously, from my experience there, I find that French Canadian have the highest percentage of inefficient morons. And 99% work in the govt!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: videotron

    Roosevelt campaigned for direct government by the people, secret ballots, recall elections, initiatives, public knowledge of campaign contributions, minimum wage for women, prohibition of child labor, workers compensation, social health insurance, and pensions for the elderly.

    Damn FDR! He just ruined this country (except for helping repeal that prohibition amendment). When you see all these kids wasting their time in schools when they could be doing something productive....

  1. crazycanuck

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    videotron

    "First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.... The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism, ownership of the government by the individual, by a group, or any controlling private power." —President Franklin Roosevelt

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