Canadian Press: CRTC asks Canadians: Got enough Internet?

DSL-businessWith so many ISP instituting caps and limits on their customers, government oversight agency gets set to investigate

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

Canada’s telecom regulator is asking Internet users whether they’re getting enough speed — and enough bang for their buck.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.

It wants to know what services Canadians need to be digitally competitive, what kind of upload and download speeds are needed, whether there should be funding tools in place for upgrading telecom equipment and how the industry players should be regulated.

The CRTC says it will gather information before holding public hearings on the issue a year from now.

As more government and public services are moved online, the regulator said it’s concerned that not everyone will benefit from such things as digital banking, health and other services.

“As our habits change in this digital age, our telecommunications services must keep pace,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.

 

“Canadians are looking to the future, and the CRTC wants to ensure that the technology they depend on does so as well,” he said.

Please read the entire article here.

Worldline Unlimited InternetIt’s refreshing to learn that the CRTC is responding to the issues with the telecom marketplace because Canadians are paying far too much for their data connections, and many vendors are taking advantage of regional infrastructure issues and forcing many consumers to pay through the nose. By expanding the national broadband footprint, more Canadians will be able to pick and choose their service provider instead of just having to take it. Competition is good!

At Worldline, our entire business model is based on providing the best services possible at the fairest prices in the industry with no overage charges. All Worldline Internet is unlimited.

For more on what we can do for you, and just how much you can save, please visit the Worldline website or give us a call at 1-855-299-0025.

 

Press Release: Announcing Worldline’s “Superhero Summer Savings”

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Announcing Worldline’s “Superhero Summer Savings”
Canada’s Best Value in Internet and Home Phone Just Got Better!

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO–(06/10/14)- Summer is a time for saving at Worldline as Canada’s best value in High Speed Unlimited Internet and Home Phone bundles has slashed their pricing even further. In an aggressive move meant to shake up the Canadian telecom industry, for a limited time only Worldline is waiving all activation fees, all dry loop fees and cutting modem rental fees in half on all Unlimited High Speed Internet and Bundle FTTN DSL products.

Worldline customer invoices will show their monthly fee, their modem rental charge, taxes, and that’s it. No dry loop activation or monthly fees. No service activation fees. No network fees. No surprises.

“We are the Superhero Internet and Phone service provider in this country and to prove it, we’re not only continuing to provide Unlimited High Speed DSL Internet and Digital Home Phone with Unlimited Long Distance and a full feature package included at no extra charge, we’re making it even more affordable,” said John Stix – Worldline CMO.

“In an era where the Big Three are jacking up their rates and slapping data caps on their broadband Internet and Digital Home Phone customers, Worldline is listening to our customers and doing the exact opposite. The truth is, most Canadians don’t know that they have an option when it comes to their telecom service and they just accept outrageous price gouging as a fact of life. With this Superhero Summer Savings promo Worldline is showing Canadians they don’t have to take it anymore,” Stix concluded.

Superhero Summer Savings Pricing:
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About Worldline:
Worldline, the residential division of Fibernetics, provides high quality telecom products and services in the most cost effective way possible. Worldline’s Unlimited High Speed DSL and Cable Internet, Home Phone, Long Distance packages and Bundle plans are specifically designed for hard working Canadians. As one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in the country, Worldline is all about providing unlimited flat rate services with no mandatory contracts. Website: www.worldline.ca Twitter: @worldlinecanada

About Fibernetics:
Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, Fibernetics is dedicated to changing the way people communicate by offering telecommunications functionality and pricing that Canadians have never seen before. Fibernetics operates its own national infrastructure that delivers a full range of voice and data services for residential and business customers. The business division of Fibernetics is NEWT, the residential division of Fibernetics is Worldline. Website: www.fibernetics.ca Twitter: @fibernetics

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Media Inquires:
John Stix – CMO
Worldline
519-489-6700
jstix@corp.fibernetics.ca

 

Google Chromecast TV streamer is a cordcutter’s dream

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Having Unlimited High Speed Internet saves Canadians a ton of money already, but as technology is rapidly changing the way we get our content, in the very near future, unlimited data isn’t going to be a “nice to have.” It’s going to be a “must have.”

Oh, and that future? It’s pretty much now.

JASON EVANGELHO – Forbes

Google is taking another stab at being the centre of your living room, and this time they’ve opted for an affordable device called Chromecast.

Essentially Chromecast is a 2-inch HDMI dongle running a stripped down version of Google’s Chrome OS. A user plugs it into any HDMI-equipped television or monitor, connects it to their home Wireless network, and enjoys the ability to stream content like Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, or open Chrome tabs to their HDTV with the press of a button on their device.

The appeal should extend beyond the aggressive $35 price tag. At a press event earlier Wednesday hosted by Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior Vice President of Android and Chrome Apps, the company emphasized the importance of not having to learn anything new. No additional menus, no unfamiliar user interfaces. Chromecast is controlled by software you already use on a daily basis.

To illustrate its functionality, imagine you’re lounging on the couch watching House of Cards via Netflix on your Nexus 7 – or any Android tablet or phone. Press the new “cast” button on Netflix, and the show gets “beamed” to your television, by signalling to the Chromecast to pull that content down from the Internet.

At that point, the device becomes a remote control, but also retains its full functionality. In other words, feel free to check your e-mail, join a Google Hangout, or jump on Twitter while enjoying the content on your TV.

wl_save_internetHere’s where Google made a wise decision: Chromecast is app-driven, not device-driven. This means it will work with your iPad, iPhone, Mac, all Android phones and tablets, even your desktop computer. Even more brilliant is that the play state of your content – whether it’s a simple MP3 or a rented movie – syncs across all these devices, allowing you to pick up and play where left off.

With a myriad of more expensive retail devices promising to turn your “dumb” TV into a Smart TV, as well as proprietary devices like the Roku Streaming Stick, Google has taken a different path by augmenting devices we already own, without playing favourites and without catering to one ecosystem over another. It even has baked-in support for multiple users.

Google also announced an SDK available for developers to add Chromecast support to existing apps. Like Chrome OS, the Chromecast will auto update ensuring those apps are supported as soon as the functionality is available.

It remains to be seen if consumers will latch on to Chromecast, but at $35 it borders on an impulse purchase – and 3 months of Netflix only sweetens the deal. It could even be disruptive to Microsoft, whose Xbox One is designed around uniting devices in your living room.

Chromecast is available now at the U.S. Google Play Store (No word on when Canadians will get a crack at it).

A Worldline Customer Case Study: The Teenage Son

Rick Aiton runs a new business in Southern Ontario called Wild Thyme Catering. An award winning chef, Rick has a young family and grew weary of restaurant hours so he started taking his cooking to people directly. As start-ups usually do, things started off slow, but with talent, time and effort Rick has grown it into a success to the point where he’s starting another venture called justsandwiches.ca.

Like every small business guy, Rick is always concerned about overhead costs, insisting on four things: quality, reliability, service and reasonable price.

Downtime costs him, and unexpected added expenses drive him crazy.

That’s where his son Max comes in. Max is basically your regular teenage kid. Immersed in the  Internet, he’s studying IT security at college while still living at home.

Which means Max is downloading.

A lot.

For the past few months, due to his Internet service provider changing its downloading policy Rick was being charged on download overages to the tune of $200/month.

To say the least, Rick was not pleased.

He complained, but his provider refused to do anything about it, so Rick went shopping and found Worldline. Using the Online Service Ability Check, he discovered that his house qualified for Unlimited High Speed Internet DSL 15Mbps, for $39.95/month, which was $20/month less expensive and more importantly for Rick’s sanity, (and Max’s life), there was no data limit cap.

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Changing providers to Worldline saved Rick $2544/year, or rather, saved Max that much because Rick’s not stupid.

He was making the kid pay the overages.

This is just another example of a Canadian not taking it anymore. He realized he was being stiffed, and instead of simply taking it, he took action.

Welcome to Worldline Rick. Oh and Max? Regarding your downloading?

Knock yourself out.

Consumers in Canada Tune Out of TV, Don’t Drop Out of Online Video Viewing

Apr 26, 2013 (eMarketer)Cord-cutters on the rise, still a small share of population

Cord-cutting is coming to Canada—if slowly.

Media Technology Monitor reported that the share of the total population in Canada without a TV subscription service or off-air TV rose 1 percentage point in 2012 to 8%, after doubling in 2011 to 7%. That’s still a small share of the overall population, but it represents a growing number of residents who have decided they can still get all the TV programming they want without the subscription they don’t.

Media Technology Monitor noted that while these cord-cutters may be cancelling subscriptions (or, in the case of many younger residents, simply never setting cable service up when they set up house), they aren’t giving up TV content. They’re turning to the internet to stream shows to PCs, mobile devices and traditional television sets instead.

Cord-cutters are on the rise and TV providers clearly must address how they are going about their business.

In the mean time, having unlimited high speed Internet is more important than ever, and the best deal in the country can be found here.