The rising cost of space on hydro poles may result in a hike in the cost of internet


Murphy
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Because of where I live, I use satellite for my Internet. I believe this is an option for people living in cities as well. My provider tells me the proposed hike will not affect my rate. Regardless, I think that any excuse to increase rates without cause will happen, but for now, I have to trust my provider.
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The rising cost of space on hydro poles may result in a hike in the cost of internet and cable
Ontario Energy Board considering fee hike of 133% for internet, cable providers who must attach wires to poles
- Angela Gemmill CBC News

The wires attached to hydro poles not only provide electricity, but they deliver phone, internet and cable services.

And the cost of attaching those wires to the poles is on the way up.

The Ontario Energy Board wants to increase those fees after requests from hydro companies like Hydro One.

Fifteen internet and cable providers across the province have formed the Ontario Broadband Coalition to fight the increase.

If the hydro pole rate hike goes through these companies will be forced to pass the cost on to their customers, according to coalition spokesperson Jay Thomson.

Thomson explains the actual pole rate is different for every hydro company and provider, but on average is $22.35 per pole per year.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regulates these rates. Thomson says the OEB wants to create a flat rate across the province of $53, which would be a 133 per cent increase to the providers who pay the fee.

The rising cost of space on hydro poles may result in a hike in the cost of internet and cable - Sudbury - CBC News
 
petros
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Is everything a scam in Ontario?
 
Curious Cdn
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If you didn't live so deep in the bush, you wouldn't have to climb up your hydro pole to make your internet connection, Murphy. It's a miracle that you have service at all.
 
Murphy
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Is everything a scam in Ontario?

Much of it has been, for the last 15 years. Our hydro rates. Former premier McGuinty's billion dollar hole in the ground. A monstrously huge debt. Manufacturers running away. Troubles finding doctors. etc.



Graph from Toronto Star.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Murphy View Post

Much of it has been, for the last 15 years. Our hydro rates. Former premier McGuinty's billion dollar hole in the ground. A monstrously huge debt. Manufacturers running away. Troubles finding doctors. etc.



Graph from Toronto Star.

Yes. The corrupt Liberals should be swinging from lamp posts. I spent a couple of hours with our local Oakville MPP working a charity event, about five years back. He was one of the asses that they spent a billion bucks saving. Nice enough fellow (was a turncoat who used to run for the NDP) but certainly not worth ten to the ninth power dollars.

Hang 'em all high, I sez.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

If you didn't live so deep in the bush, you wouldn't have to climb up your hydro pole to make your internet connection, Murphy. It's a miracle that you have service at all.

I also live deep in the bush, CC and have Xplornet as my internet service provider. The dish is attached to my house not the power lines overhead.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

I also live deep in the bush, CC and have Xplornet as my internet service provider. The dish is attached to my house not the power lines overhead.

Murphy check off the "economy" box on his plan. I'll bet that they slivers in his thighs from climbing that pole every evening are making him re-think his decision.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Murphy check off the "economy" box on his plan. I'll bet that they slivers in his thighs from climbing that pole every evening are making him re-think his decision.

I bet they slivers never mind.
 
Murphy
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I've been on satellite Internet since 2009. It has never been down. Maintenance is done in the middle of the night, and then, interruptions last a minute or two at best.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Murphy View Post

I've been on satellite Internet since 2009. It has never been down. Maintenance is done in the middle of the night, and then, interruptions last a minute or two at best.

Wow.

Do the maintenance technicians arrive in shiny metal tic-tacs?
 
Murphy
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I'm detecting jealousy. You live in the city, don't you?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Murphy View Post

I'm detecting jealousy. You live in the city, don't you?

I live outside of a cityish.
 
justlooking
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Xplornet as my internet service provider.

is it any good ?

speeds ?

d/l limits per month ?
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Yes. The corrupt Liberals should be swinging from lamp posts. I spent a couple of hours with our local Oakville MPP working a charity event, about five years back. He was one of the asses that they spent a billion bucks saving. Nice enough fellow (was a turncoat who used to run for the NDP) but certainly not worth ten to the ninth power dollars.

Hang 'em all high, I sez.

Would like to see these graphs properly presented beside graphs showing the projected costs of going forward with each project.

It lacks context
 
Murphy
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You simply do not understand how graphs work, Flossy. If you'd like, I will explain the various types to you and we can have a discussion on why and how the different ones are used.

Of you can check with your math teacher.
Last edited by Murphy; Mar 16th, 2018 at 04:34 PM..
 
captain morgan
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Math is hard
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by justlooking View Post

is it any good ?

speeds ?

d/l limits per month ?

Works great for me, justlooking. I have the basic package and it is all I want or need. When a power outage messed up my connection last year, they fixed the problem in no time at all and they cut my monthly bill by $10 for an entire year. Everyone I know out here has Xplornet and they are really happy with the company and the service they provide.

https://www.xplornet.com/shop/our-internet-packages/
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by justlooking View Post

is it any good ?

speeds ?

d/l limits per month ?

$100/month for advertised speeds of 25 MB and 500 GB per month limit. I use a rival company for the same price and generally use less than 30% of my limit. There is also a cheaper plan with lower speeds and lower download limit.
 
petros
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