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Posted by Nerhael on Mar 27, 2008
They do cap speed already. That's what all their different plans are for. I think they've always had 'limits' in the contracts they give you, but they've never done anything about them, so I think this may be more a change in policy for what they're doing.

Although I'm pretty sure I'm well below the limit, this is still not something I like to see. I'm sure they looked at how many people this will actually affected, figured out a churn rate for them, and estimated churn on the people who'll leave in pure righteous indignation, and came out ahead.

Cable and internet service in Toronto really needs some more high profile competition, as Bell and Rogers seem to have pretty much everything wrapped up in mindshare.

Posted by crux on Mar 27, 2008
I want to leave Sympatico because I'm tired of paying for a home phone line which I rarely use. I've recently learned that they DO offer services without a phone line, but for an additional $10 or something a month. That defeats a bit of the purpose in my opinion. I thought about switching to Rogers, but I've heard a lot of reports of them throttling bit torrent speeds. I'm not nearly the copyright infringing pirate I used to be, but bit torrent is becoming more and more of a widely used legitimate distribution tool so this and now a download cap have turned me away from Rogers. Incidentally Sympatico used to have a download cap as well, but after a few months they removed it.

Anyway, my point is I've been considering giving http://www.acanac.ca/ a try. They offer DSL without an active phone line for an extra $8 a month, but their monthly rate is significantly lower than Sympatico, especially if you sign on for a year.

Posted by Katie on Mar 27, 2008
well, I have sympatico, and used to have a home phone line which I cancelled in the fall. They definitely gave me a hard time about rerouting my internet connection, but after I yelled at them a bit they admitted that it wasn't actually an issue at all to not have a home phone (i.e., they just wanted me to keep paying for my home phone).

They also tried to make it sound like it was a huge effort to make this happen, and that a technician would have to call me to set up an appointment, and they refused to set one up at that time. Also lies, I never got a call and my internet was simply rerouted, presumably by them flicking a switch on their end.

The only thing they didn't do was try to extort an extra $10 from me. There was no increase in cost.

So you might be okay Seth.

Posted by Palmer on Mar 27, 2008
The sad part of it all IS the bittorrent throttling. While I love that Rogers offers different packages with higher speed rates, you don't really get to use them if they throttle your connection! Of course, this only affects torrent downloaders I suppose.

I just read on Globe and Mail that Bell has started to throttle also...so DSL companies using their service (which would be...all of them? Isn't Bell the only one out there that provides the backbone of Phone services and other companies just rent from them? Unsure...

Either way, I'm at a loss of where to go now...do I switch to DSL (like Primus?) or will they be affected also?

Looks like I can't escape the Throttling of Torrents but I may as well change to something that doesn't have caps on the download limit.

Posted by phduffy on Mar 27, 2008
I'm still pissed that Rogers got rid of newsgroups, after essentially saying that the only reason you'd want access to them is to look at kiddie porn.

fight torrent throttling with some simple clicking
Posted by bryan on Mar 28, 2008
If you care at all about the future of traffic shaping in Canada, download and seed Canada's Next Great Prime Minister, even if it is the worst show ever committed to the intertubes.

http://www.mininova.org/get/1266417


"How if I am fighting torrent throttling by simply downloading a shitty TV show?" -Skeptical reader

Well, skeptical reader - I am just a parrot for Michael Geist:

Full text is linked below, but this is a key paragraph:

"Companies such as Rogers have admitted that they actively limit the amount of bandwidth allocated for file swapping on BitTorrent. Those practices - known as traffic shaping - may leave Canadians wondering why they are unable to swiftly download CBC content. In fact, critics point to the anti-competitive effects of ISPs limiting access to new forms of video distribution, while actively offering consumers competing video services."


http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2777/159/

umm, lets try that again
Posted by bryan on Mar 28, 2008
edited due to poor editing:

If you care at all about the future of traffic shaping in Canada, download and seed Canada's Next Great Prime Minister, even if it is the worst show ever committed to the intertubes.

http://www.mininova.org/get/1266417


"How am I fighting torrent throttling by simply downloading a shitty TV show?" -Skeptical reader

Well, skeptical reader - I am just a parrot for Michael Geist:

Full text is linked below, but this is a key paragraph:

"Companies such as Rogers have admitted that they actively limit the amount of bandwidth allocated for file swapping on BitTorrent. Those practices - known as traffic shaping - may leave Canadians wondering why they are unable to swiftly download CBC content. In fact, critics point to the anti-competitive effects of ISPs limiting access to new forms of video distribution, while actively offering consumers competing video services."


http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2777/159/

Posted by Nerhael on Mar 28, 2008
Okay......fucking Rogers....

So I get an email today, saying that I now have to 'whitelist', any of the email addresses I use, while passing mail through their servers.

This makes a certain amount of sense, in that I could in theory just make up an email address and sent spam through it.

HOWEVER, you would think maybe they would release the lock on other outgoing mail servers in that case, so I could actually connect to the FUCKING MAIL SERVERS I PAY FOR TO SEND MAIL WITH... But no. While I'm at home, I have to go through this roundabout connection route of sending my work email through rogers... Seriously....I don't get this one.

They totally lied
Posted by juice on Apr 02, 2008
I pay 24.95 a month for apparently a 60GB limit, my friend pays 44.95 for a much higher limit. On his bill, it said the people that get my service only have a limit on 2GB which contradicts what they told me in my things.


What the fuck...

Any reason why they would do this?

Posted by Nerhael on Apr 02, 2008
Woah...2GB is pretty damned small. I would call in about that actually, it seems way too small to be realistic. I would think that the 2GB might apply to something else that's more specific. Like...email account size or something.