The good news for those of you outside Atlantic Canada is that you don't have to deal with the phone or cable companies to get your hi-speed Internet (you don't even need a phone line). The bad news is that the prices for satellite high speed Internet, below, are similar regardless of the reseller:
|Monthly Service Fee||$59.95||$94.95||$194.95|
Equipment & Installation Fees
Includes a satellite dish, modem and professional installation.
- With a monthly contract: 999.00 (one-time)
- With a 3 year contract: $599 (one-time) OR $23.00/mo. for 36 mths.
Click here for a list of satellite Internet resellers in other parts of Canada.
Satellite Internet is not appropriate for voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services such as Skype. Online gaming would not be ideel either. But it is more than fine for web surfing, streaming videos (such as Youtube) and e-mail.
OK, now for the rant. I live in town, why is MY MONEY (via tax dollars and CRTC imposed fees), going to pay for subsidising Internet service in rural areas? New Brunswick did it, so has the city of Ottawa and many others. Rural residents already cost the rest of us a fortune thanks to road maintenance. Now we are paying to extend high speed Internet to their rural homes, despite the fact, than ALL rural Canadians have relatively affordable satellite Internet access available to them. Worse, those Canadians in the southern parts of Canada (95% of the population) have the choice of two different satellites (Hughs, formerly Directway, and Telesat)!
Update: 2008-02-08. Thanks to commenter Bruce for pointing out that Directway is now called Hughs. Post amended accordingly.