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Teksavvy cable is *faster* than advertised

You may remember my experiment a few weeks back with the worlds most desperate way to increase broadband speed while sticking with an indie ISP. (Previously: In Which Tom attempts to bond two DSL lines into single home internet pipe of great power like Voltron).

Well the folks fighting the good fight at Teksavvy (thanks Rocky) have finally been able to offer speeds faster than 5MBit in Ontario thanks to introducing a cable option. (Bell, fighting tooth and nail against regulations requiring them to share their network, has for years ghetoized Teksavvy and others to 5down 1up DSL service even while offering much faster speeds to their own retail customers).

For me the upside was to get 10Mb down, 1Mb up (with a healthy 200GB cap) service with ONE pipe, and ditch one extra dsm modem, one extra phone line, a whole mess of cabling and save about $30 a month.

So far I can say it’s a big success. In fact the connection is not even 10MBit, it’s faster!

Craziest thing I’ve ever heard of, an ISP that actually delivers faster than advertised speeds. We’ve come a long way.

Anyway, I thought you all should know this. And Teksavvy is cheap, $42/month for the 10/1/200GB plan. It’s also un-throttled or filtered.

Highly recommended. If you are currently on Teksavvy DSL, or any other basic broadband service, I’d recommend switching.

The only fatal flaw is the anemic 1MBit upload speed. I really wish more ISPs (looking at you Rogers) would get that shit sorted out so applications like cloud-based based storage, media sharing and computing would be vastly more practical. Right now your only decent option is Bells tempting but tightly capped and bracingly expensive fiber with the missing “r” service.

FYI: Teksavvy, the best local deal in Broadband?

telephone operators

You may recall some of my historic adventures in finding cheap broadband [ Open letter to 3Web, local broadband internet service provider *]. Well I posed the question to the TorCamp Google Group and received exactly one resounding reply. So I thought I’d pass it on: I have it at home and work now. I’ve tried Bell, Rogers, and a handfull of
other DSL providers… – Colin Smillie

I have had pretty awful results with Bell myself. Roger was alright.
But definitely, of the better local ISPs, TekSavvy in particular, has
been doing it right. It makes it much easier to be a geek… So, is your sanity worth a lot to you? Then start off with TekSavvy. -Li-fan

Agreed – Teksavvy is the way to go. I switched to them a good few
months ago haven’t regretted the decision one bit. Least of all
bittorrent and secure connections work without throttling! – mkuplens

Had been extra smart, I might have asked the question first to gig park, Noah & Pema’s excellent new social tool for service recommendations on pretty much anything </worthyplug>.

Anyway, I’ll post my thoughts on Teksavvy to this blog and gigpark after I give them a try for a while. Cheers all, and thanks to all for your recommendations.