Uber Fast Ultra 2000 Plus

As some of you have no doubt read, Videotron is releasing their Uber Fast Ultra High Speed 2000 Plus internet service package.

Speeds are reported to max out at 50mbps. But as others have mentioned this comes with a 50gb download limit per month. After which, there is a penalty fee to pay.

Anyone who has a relatively fast connection to the web knows that the bottleneck isn’t from your house to the provider. It’s elsewhere. Even with just their Super Ultra Fast package it’s difficult to max out the pipe coming into your house.

So what’s the bleeding point ? If there was no cap, you could become a local reseller and just offer up Wifi to your neighbours. But really, I don’t get it.

Do you ?

More and more I find that cable and tv suppliers are becoming less and less relevant. At least in my life. I dumped cable tv over a year ago. We have a TV that we bought at Crappy Tire and a DVD player that my girlfriend bought from Jean Coutu.. It serves us very well. She rents Sex in the City and I buy European Bike racing DVD’s from the states.

My original plan was to get an unlimited connection, nice and fast, and download TV shows. Bah. Never bothered. Too much work for 60 minutes of blah. I don’t miss TV and in all honesty, when this contract with Videotron runs out, I’m going back to Teksavvy with no contract and dropping my monthly internet fees.

4 Comments so far

  1. ohotos (unregistered) on February 8th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

    What is the point in paying $80 a month for this if theoretically you can use up your bandwidth allowed for the whole month in less than half an hour?

  2. Laiya (unregistered) on February 8th, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

    I get basic hi-speed dsl for $25/month from 3web

  3. Fagstein (unregistered) on February 9th, 2008 @ 2:23 am

    They’re targetting it to families and places with more than one computer, who will supposedly be doing different things with different sites and might need a larger bandwidth.

    And of course as the Internet gets faster the bottleneck won’t always be on the other side.

    But yeah, the cap sucks. It shows they don’t really want to service the power Internet user.

  4. soundbyte (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

    Yup same here – I abhor the caps they impose here. I once had a Sympatico package that was capped (without my knowledge, of course) and it wasn’t so much the downloads that were killing the cap, it was the uploads when I was sharing files (Bittorrent or Kazaa). Many of the better US DSL providers have no such cap – they understand that consumers can simply take their money elsewhere. Here, you can threaten to take your money elsewhere, but last time I checked, the smaller providers (Primus, openface, 3Web?) basically piggyback on Bell’s infrastructure, so they can promise you the world, but are bound by Bell’s limitations…"I wish I could quit you" is what I keep muttering to myself every time I have to deal with Bell’s customer service, but I need hi-speed for my work as well as play, so…
    Also, skip the blah TV: download quality programming (via Bittorrent or other) like Friday Night Lights, The Wire, Extras (UK), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (UK), Top Gear (UK), Survivorman (I think Canadian), content that’s though-provoking & intelligent, and generally only available on the US networks or "specialty" channels, that could justify the monthly expense on hi-speed…

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