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  1. I don't know why i didn't think of this earlier. It would have saved me a lot of trouble.

    I tend to run a crapware scanner on a computer of someones else's that I am helping with. Just because. But then again, after the crap is gone, they will get infected within a week anyways. It's an endless circle.

  2. How about this link for calculations?

    http://www.kusat.com/install/calculator.php

    There is also a piece of software than can give you your skew angles. I found on another site. Hopefully it has specs for Mexico.

    http://www.arachnoid.com/satfinder/

    And online version.

    http://www.arachnoid.com/satfinderonline/

    Heres a google style map with various aiming angles.

    http://www.dishpointer.com/

    There is a marker on the map that you click and drag.

  3. There should be a section where you enter your latitude and longitude (since you can not do zip code in Mexico).

    I Googled and find something about a DSSa Tool(no link though) that you can use to enter the lat and long, if the modem does not have an interface for it.

    Hopefully it has to do with the system not having proper coordinates that is giving the errors.

  4. Other causes of slowness? And I suppose this is a new connection after moving.

    Wrong speed profile from Comcrap.

    Splitter on cable internet line off of one or two other splitters. Cable Internet should be on the first connection off of the cable box.

  5. Adding that the rural connections funding program of the government, says that minimum speeds are to be 1.5Mbps, which Xplornet(as a fund user) is not adhering to according to various user posts. 'Burst' or 'up to' speeds should not be applicable. The sustained speed of Xplornet wireless is the problem. 600Kbps sustained speed for the 1.5 Mbps package. And 700Kbps sustained speed for the 3Mbps package. http://www.xplornet.com/legal/xplornet-traffic-management-policy.aspx

    http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/04943.html

    Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians Launches its Call-for-Applications Process

    OTTAWA, September 1, 2009 — Industry Canada today announced the launch of the call‑for‑applications process for Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians. The call for applications follows the formal program launch announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on July 30, 2009.

    The program will consider applications to provide service to as many unserved and underserved Canadians as possible, allowing them to participate in the digital economy by giving them access to information, services and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. For unserved and underserved Canadians, the program represents an important improvement in service.

    Applications will be evaluated against a series of criteria with emphasis on best value and most households served. Applications must also show capacity to deliver within the timeframe and demonstrate a viable business model.

    Successful applicants will receive federal support equalling up to 50 percent of their one‑time costs. Such costs include the purchase, adaptation or upgrade of equipment, hardware or software; long-term investments in network capacity (such as the lease of satellite transponder capacity); network deployment costs; and other costs directly related to extending broadband infrastructure.

    Potential applicants have until October 23, 2009, to submit proposals to extend service to the geographic service areas that were identified as part of an extensive mapping process that took place earlier this summer.

    Successful proposals are expected to be announced in late 2009 to early 2010, with project builds starting as soon as possible in 2010.

    More information about this program is available on the Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians website. You are also encouraged to learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

    For further information (media only), please contact:

    Laryssa Waler

    A/Press Secretary

    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement

    Minister of Industry

    613-995-9001

    September 1, 2009

    Backgrounder

    Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians — Call for Applications

    Budget 2009 — Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides $225 million to Industry Canada to develop and implement a strategy to extend and improve broadband coverage. The goal of this investment is to extend broadband service to as many remaining unserved and underserved Canadian households as possible.

    Industry Canada defines unserved Canadians as those without Internet access or with dial-up service only. Underserved Canadians may be able to access the Internet using a connection with a speed less than 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps).

    Under this call for applications, participating providers will be expected to provide broadband service of at least 1.5 Mbps to currently unserved and underserved Canadian households.

    At 1.5 Mbps, a customer can make a voice call over the Internet, download an audio CD in seven minutes and experience video-quality streaming / video conferencing. It is also possible to use multiple applications at the same time, enabling consumers to make a voice-over-Internet telephone call while downloading a document.

    As communities vary greatly in size, this program focuses on connecting households. This method also provides a clearer understanding of service availability for Canadians; the fact that one part of a community has broadband access does not always indicate service is available to all households in that community.

    Broadband Canada will work with the private sector or consortiums of companies, not-for-profit organizations and provincial/territorial entities that build and operate broadband infrastructure to extend broadband coverage to areas that do not currently have broadband access. The Broadband Canada program will provide a one-time, non-repayable contribution to support the expansion of current infrastructure in the defined areas where there is currently no business case for Internet service providers moving forward on their own.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission reported that, as of 2008, 94 percent of Canadian households had access to broadband. A significant gap exists, however — 22 percent of rural households lack broadband access. While all households are within the range of satellite service, existing satellite capacity can provide service to only 1 percent of households.

    http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/719.nsf/eng/home

    Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians

    Program Update

    April 1, 2010 - The Broadband Canada program has now completed its assessment of applications.

    All applicants will be notified within the coming weeks as to the status of their applications, and this website will be updated to provide information on new developments.

    As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, $225 million was provided to Industry Canada over three years to develop and implement a strategy to extend broadband coverage to as many unserved and underserved households as possible, beginning in 2009-2010.

    Broadband internet access is viewed as essential infrastructure for participating in today's economy, as it enables citizens, businesses and institutions to access information, services and opportunities that could otherwise be out of reach.

    The Broadband Canada program’s goal is to encourage the expansion and availability of broadband connectivity to as many currently unserved and underserved households in Canada as possible. The program aims to provide essential infrastructure to Canadians in rural and remote areas allowing them to participate in the Internet economy by getting access to information, services and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

    To contact Industry Canada for the program.

    http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/h_00014.html

  6. Xplornet makes more than enough money to be a member of the http://www.ccts-cprst.ca/en/ , But for whatever reason, no one has forced them to join yet.

    And for whatever other reason, is documents for some Government funded wireless roll outs have been sealed from the public and that should be a crime. All government money documents, must be open to the public. And the public has to keep suing the government to obtain those documents over the years, due to government corruption.

    A 100 million dollars for 2008, was the expected revenue for Xplornet. And their private equity firm in NewYork probably loves it.

    From 2004 and Xplornet went live with Telesat Satellite(reseller) in May 2005.

    http://www.sandlercap.com/news_dec2104a.asp

    Barrett Xplore announces $30 million financing,

    targets wireless broadband access in every underserved home and business in Canada

    WOODSTOCK - December 21st, 2004

    Barrett Xplore Inc. of Woodstock, N.B. - Canada's largest and fastest growing wireless broadband service provider - has completed a major financing agreement with Sandler Capital Management, New York, that will revolutionize high-speed Internet access for unserved and underserved markets across Canada.

    "This new financing - at $30 million (Canadian), one of the largest private equity placements in the Canadian communications sector in the past several years - will enable Barrett Xplore to continue our growth in high-speed wireless ISP services through aggressive development of our Xplornet brand," said Bill Barrett, Chairman. "Our focus is to establish Canada's first wireless broadband network for all homes and businesses in rural, remote and First Nations communities, as well as suburban areas, anywhere in Canada."

    "We are very excited about our partnership with Barrett Xplore," said David Powers, Managing Director, Sandler Capital Management. "The company has established an impressive track record of bringing consumer-focused technology-related products to underserved markets through its nationwide deployment of satellite video across Canada. In recent years, the company has built on this success by developing an impressive expertise in satellite and fixed wireless broadband service deployment. The new equity financing will facilitate the rollout of the company's broadband services through its unparalleled dealer network across unserved and underserved communities in Canada. Its unique broadband offering is complemented by an outstanding entrepreneurial team that will make Barrett Xplore an even more significant enterprise in the years to come."

    "Our vision is for Xplornet to be Canada's leading wireless ISP able to bring high-speed Internet solutions to Canadians no matter where they live," said Barrett. "To help us meet our goal, we have recently signed a significant equipment contract with Motorola."

    "This multi-million dollar contract is the result of many months of hard work between both our companies. We are excited about being able to supply Barrett Xplore with technology that provides high-speed fixed wireless broadband connectivity," said Tony Kobrinetz, Vice President and General Manager of Motorola's Canopy Wireless Broadband Group.

    With the new financing, Barrett Xplore will accelerate its rollout of the first fixed wireless high-speed Internet service that provides cost-effective, top quality broadband access to underserved areas nationwide. The company also recently announced the Canadian launch of Tachyon, the first high-speed carrier-grade satellite network designed for small-to-medium sized business and government operations.

    For further information:

    Bruce Barr, CEO

    Barrett Xplore Inc.

    905-792-6057

    About Barrett Xplore

    Barrett Xplore Inc. - through its Xplornet brand - is Canada's largest and fastest growing wireless broadband service provider. Through a combination of industry leading technology, superior high-speed service delivery and best in class customer service, Xplornet will bring the advantages of broadband connectivity to underserved businesses and residences across Canada, no matter where they are located. Additionally, Barrett Xplore has built a strong platform in the sales and distribution of consumer electronics products and accessories for leading brands such as Star Choice, Philips and Fellowes. Barrett Xplore is a privately held company owned by Barrett Corporation of Woodstock, New Brunswick and Sandler Capital Management, New York. For more information, please visit www.xplornet.com and www.barrettxplore.com.

    About Sandler Capital Management

    Sandler Capital Management, a registered Investment Advisor, has managed both hedge funds and private equity funds since 1980 and 1989, respectively. The firm has $1.5 billion in combined assets under management and uninvested commitments (including approximately $150 million of uninvested committed capital for new private equity investments). Sandler's private equity effort focuses on three core industry sectors: traditional media, telecommunications/data communications, and enterprise communications. Within its areas of industry expertise, Sandler employs a multi-stage investment strategy. Sandler's investment professionals have over 200 years of combined experience as research analysts, portfolio managers, financial advisors, investment bankers, and private equity investors.

  7. Nova is just the type of modem they're using now. Unfortunately they just did a deal with the devil Google. Still waiting to see what that's all about.

    Would that be Gmail?

    Some ISP's are taking the easy way out of in house email and shunting it all off to Gmail(sometimes still with the ISP's email @domain name).

    Xplornet in Canada did that(Google App as they call it). And users had to change from a .com , to a .ca domain, but still with the ISP's name before it. Xplornet had TuCows(OpenSRS) for a while(after their own server), until Tucows had a server issue(cluster A) a few times, that was finally traced to a hardware issue, instead of the suspected software issue. People don't like to have their email interrupted for any amount of time.

  8. If StarBand, with whatever name on the end, is all the same satellite and equipment, they upgraded to better satellites late last year and are now doing a push into parts of Canada. http://www.bigskysat.com/ .KU band and they are actually putting to print expected speeds for primetime in their Faq's section.

  9. Thanks to all for responding!

    Got DSL plus an upgrade to the phone service for $10 less per month than Hughes - and that includes renting the DSL modem. We bought the Hughes modem.

    Latest

    This is the slowest I've seen - day or night, peak or slack time.

    And there's no limit to amount I can download.

    We live about 6 blocks from the end of nowhere. If we can get this type of DSL performance. I would think almost anyone can. I can't see any need for Hughes.

    You'll like DSL. IT keeps the same speed 24/7 , unless the ISP is a bit cheap in it's backbone.

  10. I keep forgetting that FireFox renamed 'extensions' to 'add-ons'.

    A few days ago there should of been a little window that popped up, saying that the "Java deployment toolkit plugin" needed to be disabled, due to issues and just check it to do that. To find the 'plugin' in firefox, go to 'tools', then 'add-ons', then click 'plug-ins' on the one of 4 tabs at the top, and the first one should say "Java deployment toolkit" is disabled and you can enable if you want. and then it may warn again about it having issues.

    Chrome extensions page..

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions

  11. so i had to stop using fire fox (the version i updated to did not work with some flash or java or something...i forget) and switched to google chrome...man it sure is fast...

    anyway when i close my browser it always tell me that there is a version of chrome that has "extensions" ...question is...what IS that??

    Google Extensions are just like FireFox extensions.

    And FireFox has put a temporary block on a Java deployment toolkit plugin, as it is unsecure. Just click OK and go on with the day.

  12. Does anyone have a copy of the survey that Hughesnet sent out? Would be interesting to see the questions and if they dealt with bandwidth limitations and such.

    And would be interesting to know what type of package(commercial?) the library got that would allow for large amounts of bandwidth to be used. And the cost per month. Since the Hughesnet donation of it must expire at some point.

    Dialup is painful now a days. But on the current satellites, you have to be careful on bandwidth use and don't think that you can just go to every video site and stream TV shows for hours on end. Unless it's the 2am to 7am eastern time FAP free time. :icon_thumright: Thats got WildBlue beat by a mile. I've read a few WildBlue posts that say they had good speeds for two weeks and then ran out of bandwidth so it was either be slow for two weeks or upgrade to the next package. At least with Hughesnet, your bucket refills every 24 hours at a designated time.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/satellite-internet-access-helps-build-community-keeps-rural-americans-connected-to-the-world-92310234.html

    Satellite Internet Access Helps Build Community; Keeps Rural Americans Connected to the World

    Survey finds that Americans living in rural areas who have high-speed satellite Internet access feel more in touch with the global community

    GERMANTOWN, Md., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent Hughes survey of more than 23,000 HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet access subscribers, the Internet plays a vital role in helping them achieve a sense of camaraderie and maintain a connection to the global community. From sending and receiving email to reading news and shopping online, rural satellite broadband subscribers rely heavily on the Internet to stay connected.

    The survey discovered that nearly 43 percent of respondents feel that having access to a high-speed Internet connection has improved their lives and enabled them to stay better connected to friends, family, and the global community, at large. When asked how their lives have changed since acquiring a high-speed Internet connection, the majority of HughesNet customers indicated that a positive change had taken place in their lives.

    * 30% of HughesNet subscribers communicate more frequently with their families and friends

    * 36% consume more news online

    * 42% indicated that they feel better connected to the world because of their high-speed Internet connection

    Take the residents of Wilmore, Kansas, for example. Wilmore is located 100 miles from the nearest city. Hughes donated its HughesNet Internet service to the local library and almost six months after installation, the service has had a profound effect on the community.

    According to Rita Nielsen, the local librarian, "There is a couple who comes in to use the Internet every Friday to send and receive online correspondence from their son who is in the armed service and stationed abroad. Before HughesNet, they could correspond with their son only by postal mail."

    The local farmers are also finding good use for the service. According to Nielsen, "Many families who sell livestock and grain use the Internet to check market prices so they know how much to charge. Prior to obtaining a high-speed Internet connection, local farmers had to use dial-up and couldn't get current market prices quickly which impacted their decisions on what to charge."

    Ms. Nielson also indicated that the residents of Wilmore have found other uses for their high-speed connection, as well. For one of Wilmore's older residents, the Internet has truly opened up a world of possibilities. The woman, who before HughesNet rarely left her house, comes to the library regularly with her niece to shop online for clothes. And, the youth of Wilmore now have a place to get help with their schoolwork through homework help Websites, conduct research for term papers, and connect with peers through social networking sites such as FaceBook and MySpace.

    According to Peter Gulla, Hughes vice president of marketing, "There are towns like Wilmore, Kansas all across the country and in each of them, HughesNet is changing lives. There are still more than 10 million households that are overlooked by DSL and cable which can be served by HughesNet, which brings high-speed connections to rural areas."

    With more than 500,000 subscribers and growing, HughesNet is the leading high-speed satellite Internet service in the United States. For more information about HughesNet and the range of available plans, please visit www.hughesnet.com or call 1-866-859-2268.

    The HughesNet customer usage survey was conducted by Hughes and emailed to over 500,000 HughesNet subscribers. More than 23,000 HughesNet subscribers responded.

    About Hughes Network Systems

    Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A and GMR-1. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 2.2 million systems to customers in over 100 countries.

    Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. ( HUGH). For additional information, please visit www.hughes.com.

  13. Adding that the Xplornet throttling of RapidShare on Telesat satellite, is now also for Xplornet wireless users as well. So don't believe the B.S. that it's RapidShares fault.

    If Xplornet does not have the bandwidth for the existing users? Then Xplornet should stop selling new connections.

    Meanwhile Canada falls further behind the world in Internet speeds and connection reliability.

  14. Are you on the old KU satellites?(hn7000 units).

    Maybe they switched transponders on you and you got a stuck with one that is overcrowded. Sometimes called load balancing.

    You could complain to 'executive customer care' to get a upgrade to the HN9000 units on the spaceway3 satellite(KA band). Some people get free install upgrades with contract. Or no contract and pay the install. And others that have a lot of problems on the old KU's have gotten away with no contract and free install.

    The spaceway3 may be seeing higher demand now in some areas.

    And if you have DSL at the door? Why bother with Satellite.

    DSL speeds may be Dependant on distance from the node. Even 500Kbps DSL will be faster than 500Kbps satellite, due to LAG time.

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  15. I've got two screens. A 16" and a 22". But I have a maximum screen resolution that I can go to on the 16" lcd, or it will not be in the proper range for it to show. And will just show the error that it is outside of screen resolution parameters.

    You could right click the desktop to get screen resolution area. Maybe the way you extend the desktop is the issue?

    Edit: My graphics card is doing HDMI to the main monitor(22") and then VGA to the second monitor(16").

  16. Just bluffed my way through adding a second HDD. Been a long time since I did it and couldn't remember why the Drive wouldn't show up in Explorer. The I found Computer Management and started to remember a few steps. I now have Drive J: showing. Does that make me a 'puter geek?

    So, 2 1TB HDDs and 8Gb or RAM should let me do quite a bit, eh?

    Well how about the one I made for my kid. windows 7 64 bit. 8Gigs ram. Core Duo Intel 3Ghz. Two Sata 500gig hard drives and I just added a 1terabye hard drive for his video creations. And whatever the good graphics card was.

    Mines the same, but without the 1terabye drive.

    Windows 7 has not crashed on me yet over this past 6 months or so, and before that was the Beta and RC. All software that I use has no problems either.

    I added the 1terabye drive today and took me a few moments to find it. The disc 'manage' window from right clicking 'computer' did not open it, so I had to dig slightly.

  17. complete now it tests out good but what makes it go from slow to fast I never know the Answer

    You have quite the fluctuation with your speeds..... DSL right?

    Have you scanned for a virus that may be taking up various bandwidth?

    MalwareBytes. Anti-Malware Free version. update after install.

    http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol&cdlPid=10896905

    No torrents?(running on automatic).

    Possibly a bad phone line in the house? Can you plug you modem into the demarc(grey box where phone lines come in). Modern ones have a bypass plug to rule out any in home wiring issues. Or unplug all other phone equipment(including DSL filters) to see if one is causing line noise.

    If you are in an apartment, do you have an enter phone that may be cross wired into the DSL line?

  18. Hello again, I had tested with Speedtest just before I read your note. I got .79 Mb/s download and .82 Mb/s upload. I was fairly happy with that. Using your primus link I got 1249 kb/s download and 1688 kb/s upload. If this continues I will be happy. I do have a 1.5 Mb/s service (nominally) and I am, indeed in Canada, just outside of Ottawa. I expect it is sheer coincidence but my more recent (since I started whining here) speeds I have measured are significantly better than earlier!!

    Thanks also to zalternate for the information about the throttling. If my service reduced to only about 1/3 of the rated maximum I would be very happy. It is very often much slower than that. I never download music or movies but do send and receive photographs and short videos quite often. It seems that I must either accept what I get or try and find another supplier. Thanks for the advice. Alan C

    With some tests, they may not account for when the throttle kicks in. So if the test is only during the burst, you get a skewed result. Thats what is great about being able to choose a larger test size.

    Bandwidth Monitor. Free version. To be able to see when a throttle kicks in, as the graph line will drop to a much lower rate at a noted amount of MB transfer.

    http://download.cnet.com/Bandwidth-Monitor/3000-2085_4-10521410.html?tag=mncol

  19. SpyBot is good. And honest according to some news I've read about it, compared to a couple of anti-spywares. He even puts down that if a program(or a tag along program downloaded with it) does something that the user does not want it to do, SpyBot will detect it and give the user a choice to delete it. And that holds up in any court against some of the scum bags that try to deny being spyware or adware.

    Ever since I switched to FireFox(version .6 Phoenix) and then use FireFox exclusively, I have not needed Spybot anymore. I don't get bug or virus or such anyways. The other quick scanners I use, don't turn up anything other than the occasional false positive.

    But When I used Internet Explorer, I kept getting little nuisance bugs. Stuff that tried to download or attach to the machine via the browser. And Spybot would constantly show cookies and other tidbits. I suppose Internet Explorer 8 'actually' deletes history and browsing/Ad files. Even though with the older version, I had set IE to delete history on browser close. But it still liked to keep crap.

    The other day, my Avast popped up a little red window in the right bottom corner of the screen to tell me it blocked a malicious live link on a webpage. And does block the occasional site from a Google search for some information. But does give me the option to go to the site anyways and take my chances. But a small TV news site did have an injection bug that Avast did not see due to definitions, but I have a fully patched and firewalled machine anyways(router hardware. OS software), so no issues there. Belt and suspenders, but the software portion keeps Microsofts junk from trying to get out to contact the mothership. Same goes for some other programs too.

  20. India just loves to block all those nasty sites with colors and games. :rolleyes:

    Or maybe it's just the message boards they don't care for. It's a pain when filters block harmless things and it takes months to get the site back in the open. Unless someones an addict and their parents try to shut down all access. But quite a few news articles about with some kids getting psychotic when their connection gets cut off. Don't even dare to cutoff 'my little pony story board', or watch the bludgeoning begin.

  21. Do any of the other domain names work? As in http://www.travian.com

    Or try the IP number 92.51.158.159 (paste into address bar) to see if the site is even accessible to you. It will bring up a place card page about the site being available to 'your language' soon.

    http://www.google.com/webhp#hl=en&source=hp&q=travian&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=b5e7b30361da4917

    You can also open FireFox in 'safe mode', that will make sure no extensions are causing a block(if the site is trying to ban scripts,etc.). Go to programs and click Mozilla firefox and then click FireFox safe mode.

  22. Oh and some more have apparently settled lawsuits about hacking users data streams with 'end packets'.

    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/RCN-Settles-Over-P2P-Throttling-107972

    RCN Settles Over P2P Throttling

    E-mail to customers 'vigorously' denies any wrong doing

    06:15PM Monday Apr 19 2010 by Karl Bode

    While Comcast has traditionally gotten all the press for their treatment (some might say bludgeoning) of P2P traffic, there have been other ISPs that have managed to fly under the radar for their actions. Despite doing essentially the exact same packet forgery as Comcast -- Cox Communications avoided a run in with the FCC and the media -- in part because they simply didn't lie about doing it. Some carriers avoided scrutiny because their customers simply never noticed or the carrier never said anything.

    With that in mind, RCN is sending out e-mails to their customers informing them that the company has settled a class action lawsuit against the carrier for impeding user P2P traffic. The plaintiff in the case (Sabrina Chin v. RCN Corporation) accused RCN of "delaying or blocking" broadband subscriber traffic, which of course sounds precisely like what Comcast was accused of doing (using forged user TCP reset packets to disrupt P2P communications). The e-mail informs RCN users that the settlement still needs court approval and that RCN "vigorously denies" any wrong doing despite agreeing to settle. From the e-mail:

    In this lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that RCN Corporation ("RCN”"), without the knowledge or awareness of RCN broadband Internet subscribers, intentionally interfered with the subscribers' ability to use the Internet by delaying or blocking their Internet use and transmissions. Specifically, plaintiff alleges that RCN engaged in certain Internet network management practices ("Network Management Practices") which hindered or barred RCN broadband Internet subscribers’ ability to engage in peer-to-peer ("P2P") transmissions through the use of P2P programs and protocols. Plaintiff further claims that these alleged practices materially and adversely affected RCN broadband Internet subscribers. RCN vigorously denies plaintiff’s allegations.

    The settlement e-mail also informs users that as part of the settlement, RCN has agreed to "cease and desist" all network management practices which specifically affect P2P Internet traffic for a period of eighteen months. This all means two things: RCN can't block your P2P traffic until November of this year, and those of you who were RCN subscribers between August 19, 2003 and July 31, 2009 will probably have a dollar or two coming your way.

  23. I know with Telus(DSL) here in BC, they changed the 1.5Mbps and 3Mbps and 6Mbps packages to one package. So the users get whatever their line can handle for the distance from the node.

    Some people have gotten automatic speed upgrades(I think via hardware upgrades at the node), but some are still sitting on a slower speed.

    So some people think it's unfair to only get 1.5Mbps and pay the same price as 6Mbps. But it make corporates paper work so much simpler(I suppose).

    When our node(central office building) was upgraded to 6Mbps(from 3Mbps), we did not get a call, but I heard about it from the local computer shop within about a month of the upgrade, so I called in and got it and even a slight discount on the monthly rate. And hopefully we get an upgrade to VDSL2 later this year or next.

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