[Discuss] Real internet provider in Victoria?

Cy Schubert Cy.Schubert at komquats.com
Thu Nov 2 17:59:50 PDT 2017

In message <6be82040-35d4-48f6-0165-66bb3d8dafe8 at darrenduncan.net>, Darren 
an writes:
> On 2017-11-02 11:22 AM, Daniel AJ Sokolov wrote:
> > My name is Daniel and I'm a Linux user. :-) I'm moving from Halifax to Vict
> oria and am in ASAP need of an internet provider without volunteer limits, an
> d ideally one that doesn't block ports or slows down my VPN.
> >
> > I don't need triple digit mbit/s, 23/2.5 mbit/s have served me well in Nova
>  Scotia. :-)
> >
> > What can you recommend?
> >
> > I've had a look at Juce, Shaw, and Vmedia, then talked to Vmedia, but they 
> can't say it up before Nov 14.
> I've used Shaw internet continuously since 2000.
> Theirs is a very competent and high quality service that is provided and 
> maintained by themselves, and I recommend it to others.  Other companies also
> seem to have good service, but Shaw is the one I know from experience and you
> can't go wrong with them.
> Shaw is very neutral and has no throttling; any service you want to use shoul
> d 
> just work.
>  From their current plans https://www.shaw.ca/internet/plans/ I recommend 
> Internet 75 (nee Internet 30/25) as a baseline; its normal price is $80/month
> for 75/7.5 mbits.
> Normally one of the plusses of Shaw is that they're always month to month and
> don't require signing up for a plan.  That being said, they offer their top t
> ier 
> Internet 150 plan (150/15) on a 2 year plan which gives you the first whole y
> ear 
> for $50/month and the second year for $85/month.  After this the monthly rate
>  is 
> $105/mo, though it used to be higher and I expect it'll drop by the time the 
> 2 
> years are up.  I'm currently on this plan, or its analogy when 150 first came
> out 15 months ago.
> I don't understand your term "volunteer limits".
> If you mean bandwidth limits, the 75 has one at 500GB/mo and the 150 is 
> unlimited.  I do plenty of Netflix etc and I don't think I've actually gone 
> beyond 100-200GB/mo in actual usage.

Shaw blocks TCP port 25 egress. You must use their authenticated mail gateway. Not a big problem because you can use them as a smart relay or if you use postfix use transports.

Cy Schubert <Cy.Schubert at cschubert.com>
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