More About Bandwidth: What Is Bandwidth, And How Does It Affect You?

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It’s safe to say that the traditional means of discovering information is changing immensely.

Dictionaries, novels, and entertainment have all been replaced with digital, more accessible versions via the World Wide Web that have Canadians connected to the Internet more than ever. With an average of seven active connected devices in homes across North America, according to a study conducted by Sandvine, people are constantly looking to their devices for both answers and entertainment. But relying on the Internet comes with a price, and we’re not talking about the cost of your communications bill. Surfing, streaming and gaming costs a little something called ‘bandwidth.’

Bandwidth describes the maximum data transfer rate of a network or Internet connection. It measures how much data can be sent over a specific connection in a given amount of time, according to TechTerms.com.

For the average person, the definition of bandwidth may be slightly confusing. Yes, it describes the maximum data transfer rate of a network or Internet connection – but what does that mean to you? In layman’s terms, have you ever look at your bill at the end of the month and realize you have been over charged? Your day-to-day may include hours of utilizing the web: searching new recipes, scrolling through social media platforms, online shopping, etc. Each of these online activities cost bandwidth – and if you don’t have an unlimited bandwidth package with your ISP provider, it’s not difficult to surpass your data cap that is determined when you sign up with an ISP.

But, who wants to have limits on Internet? With over 3 million Canadians connected to the Internet, technology has become an essential in our daily lives. It’s no longer reasonable to put limitations on Internet, especially when aspects of our lives may rely on being connected. As both a source of entertainment and a tool to enhance our lives overall, technology is becoming the answer to both our needs, and desires.

You may see reference to data caps, or broadband caps, while surfing around for a new ISP. Essentially, A broadband or data cap is the limitation in which an Internet Service Provider provides at your time of signing up, for an agreed-upon charge. If you exceed that limit at the end of the month – you’re greeted with a bill with overcharges. With a data cap, enjoying the web becomes a hassle, and since streaming is extremely popular nowadays, ISP’s are happily imposing bandwidth caps in order to achieve profit from your hours of watching cat videos.

So, you’re currently using a plan that has a data cap, what do you do? Determining how you utilize the Internet is the first step to knowing how much data you truly need. For example, browsing the Internet can use up less data than streaming videos. If you’re an avid ‘streamer,’ you may consider switching to an unlimited bandwidth package with an ISP. It’s also important to determine how much data you may use, as you utilize the Internet in your preferred way. Streaming YouTube can vary in data usage per hour, depending on the quality of videos you are streaming and gaming can actually use less data than streaming, based on several variables like the type of game, quality, etc. Downloading, uploading, sending e-mails and using social platforms all vary in usage. There are websites that automatically calculate an estimated data usage per month in your household, based on your implemented hours on these platforms, in order to have an idea of your total monthly usage. You can find an estimate for each of these mediums online, but it’s hard to pin-point exactly how much bandwidth they use.

Don’t want to deal with all this? We get it. If you’re a technology lover, and love to be connected to the web at all times, the last thing you want to worry about is bandwidth. Find yourself an ISP that offers unlimited bandwidth – so you can utilize the Internet the way you want to, without the hidden fees and the unexpected overcharges.

CRTC Ruling states Broadband Internet should no longer be limited to specific regions, and is now a basic service for everyone

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The Internet is a basic service in the lives of Canadians. With over 3 billion people worldwide utilizing the web, Canadian’s should no longer be deprived of broadband Internet services. The CRTC is making a change that will benefit the lives of those Canadian’s that live in rural areas, making broadband Internet services available to all.

This new ruling has ISP’s striving to meet the goal of providing rural customers at least 50 megabits per second download speed, and upload speeds of at least 10 megabits per second, and options for unlimited data. According to the CRTC, “two million Canadian households, or roughly 18 per cent, don’t have access to those speeds or data.” Broadband is now deemed as a basic service, regardless of where a person lives. The CRTC expects fixed broadband Internet of at least 50/10Mbps to be available in 90% of Canadian households by the end of 2021, and in the remaining 10% within 10 to 15 years.

The CRTC states that fast Internet speeds and the ability to download content quickly is no longer a superfluity, as people rely heavily on the Internet to do essential, daily actions such as online banking, distance education, government services, telehealth, and much more. Having the option for fast speeds and unlimited data is a must.

Worldline is dedicated to applying these changes to better serve our customers that reside in rural areas. Although specific implementation details from the ruling have yet to be determined, Worldline is better preparing their services for the upcoming changes. Aside from the minimum 50 megabits per second download and 10 megabits per second upload speeds, the CRTC has issued changes that must be implemented within the next six months such as contracts and services must be explained in clear language to ensure customers are completely aware of what’s included and offered. 

Overall, this ruling is paving the way for Canadian’s to make more informed decisions about their telecommunications services, and to offer more to those in rural areas – because everyone deserves fast, reliable broadband Internet

Looking to switch to Worldline telecom services? See what they have to offer in your area today. 

Worldline Launches Customer Portal

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As a low-cost Internet provider, Worldline strives to offer their customers more than just affordable prices and quality telecom services. Worldline has built their business model around customer care, and over a decade in the telecom business, they have  been dedicated to improving their customer service representatives everyday. Besides saving you money, Worldline is introducing an enhanced way to save time by providing customers a new way to view bills, services, and contact information.

Worldline is ecstatic to introduce their online customer portal. With this new improvement, customers can access their previous invoices, balance owing, active services, personal contact and address information, and more with a simple log-in.

The services tab allows customers to add e-mail addresses and manage e-mail services in order to change their password. Billing was included to provide customers with a simple way to make payments, and change automatic withdrawals. And finally, account settings supplies Worldline customers a simple way to change their contact and address information without the need to make a phone call.

Susanne Vuksic, Vice President of Operations and Culture states, “We are very excited to be launching our portal to make it easier for our customers to manage their accounts.  We will continue to add features to provide an enhanced customer experience.”

Providing customers with ease when making payments and account changes is a milestone met for Worldline. They are ready to make saving money on an essential like telecommunications services much easier.

Log-in today and manage your account like never before.

4 Ways Weather Can Affect Internet Connection

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Due to being Canadian, we are often faced with not-so-good weather (mostly an abundance of snow). Not only does this affect our commute and mood, it also can affect our Internet connection.

Keep in mind Internet connection cannot be affected completely by weather – generally this is a snowball (no pun-intended) effect on already existing problems outside the home. So check out Worldline’s 4 ways weather can affect Internet connection.

Wind, wind, go away!

High winds can cause incoming lines to be stressed and break. What does that mean for you? Your connection will definitely not be optimal. It may even be dropped due to any lines being damaged. A broken incoming line does not always look broken – these lines can also break inside the protective layer, not noticeable to the everyday person. There isn’t much you can do about this but yell at mother nature and contact your local law enforcement agency.

Drive with caution. 

Of course, during big storms it is not recommended that you hit the road with a vehicle. Nearly 30% of Canadian car accidents occur on icy or snowy roads, according to Traffic Accident Information System (TAIS) research. That means during stormy weathers, not only are the drivers at risk, but so are their surroundings. Meaning various connection points between the central office and customers’ houses are at risk. If someone takes out one of these connection points, there is a good chance you will be having problems with your connection.

Your termination box should be in tip-top shape.

Consider your termination box the home for your precious Internet. Unfortunately, these sacred boxes can undergo some tampering from previous bad weather, wear-and-tear, or your neighbours kids who like to play baseball in their backyard. Exposed wires can have snow or ice build-up during storms, causing the lines to short out. This is one of those items that you don’t see everyday; so you may not know it’s been damaged. Make a point to check up on your termination box every one in awhile to ensure your box is not damaged and exposed to the elements.

Cable users unite.

What do you want to do during a storm? Definitely not take a walk outside. Perhaps cozy up on your couch and stream some Netflix. The problem with this? Everyone is streaming  Netflix, browsing the Internet or chatting with their friends through social media during a storm. For cable users, you may find that your Internet connection is much slower than usual, caused by an over-abundance of active Internet users in your neighbourhood.

So when your region is dealing with an inconsiderate storm and your Internet connection seems slow – you may be affected by these 4 factors.

Worldline Canada’s Tips For Internet Parental Control

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With Family Day just passing, families across Canada have been fortunate to spend time with their loved ones; including their kids, nieces, nephews and grandkids. This day most likely included fun activities like surfing the web, streaming movies and videos and social networking. Did your family members join in on the Internet fun? What about the kids? What safety measures should parents and adults take to monitor the kids Internet usage in the family, and how should they implement them? Here are Worldline’s tips for Internet parental control, and why the Internet is important for learning children.

The Internet is a wonderful place for expanding knowledge and creativity. It should not be completely banned from your household. In fact, providing your kids with Internet is healthy. Research has shown that parents who give their children access the Internet help them develop healthy online skills. More exposure to technology assists children not only in educational areas, but social areas as well. Although the Internet has a positive side, it is difficult to ignore the darker side of the Internet; from sex and violence to even dangerous downloads and virus’ – kids don’t benefit from that exposure and don’t understand the consequences of an illegal download. But there are ways to get around this negative exposure with a few add-ons and setting changes.

Whether you normally use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari – each of these platforms have some form of safety settings or downloadable add-ons that assist you in Internet parental control.

Mozilla Firefox

For Mozilla Firefox users, they offer an add-on called FoxFilter that helps filters and block inappropriate content. They also offer an extension called KidZui which transforms Firefox into a kid-safe, fun browser. It includes an avatar feature which inspires kids to create, and gives kids the ability to share and tag content with other parent-approved friends. This add-on provides kids with a positive representation of the Internet – with included kid-friendly games. Kids are also unable to open new tabs, close browsers or download files. Firefox also has a “Safe Mode” that automatically filters out negative or violent materials when your kid is surfing.

Google Chrome

On Google Chrome, there are multiple parental filter extensions available to download, like MetaCert and WebFilter Pro. Another Google Chrome feature, although a little more manual, is to create a specific Google Chrome account and disable or enable desired settings to fit perfect for a child user.

Safari 

Safari thankfully has a built-in Internet content filter for parents, all it takes is a few clicks and you’ve enabled inappropriate content filtering with the added option to create a list of websites you prefer to restrict from your child.

Kid Safe Browsers

Say you don’t mind changing up your preferred browser – there are loads on Kid Safe browsers like Zoodles, Kido’z and KOLjr. All it takes is a simple sign up, and your kids can browse the Internet safely and securely.

And of course, outside of browsers, extensions and setting changes, it’s always important to discuss your expectations as a parent and proper Internet safety precautions with your young ones.

So don’t limit your kid’s imagination. Welcome your kid to the Worldline Canada family, the home of Unlimited Internet plans, by implementing some of these safety tips. Let’s encourage safe, but fun Internet use for the entire family.