[kwlug-disc] Local ISP No Limits and No Usage Charges (Oksana Goertzen)

Eric Gerlach eric+kwlug at gerlach.ca
Thu Jun 9 15:13:40 EDT 2011

On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:14 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
> Remind me please ... why switch from TekSavvy? Moved? UBB? Switched from
> Bell phone?

UBB + Throttling.

> They (actually, both) seem well regarded here. Curious, as I hope to switch
> off Rogers whenever I get around to moving, so I try to keep my ear to the
> ground with respect to ISPs. I'm too far from the C.O., in the mean time,
> though.
> I sent a couple questions off to TekSavvy not long ago, based on comments in
> this thread. AFAICT - they'd be ~$10/month cheaper than Rogers, but ~$100
> hit upon signup (admin fee + modem purchase).

Already had a modem, so that wasn't an issue for me.

> <<<<<
> 1. If you currently have TV cable service through Rogers, adding cable
> internet service through us will not affect it in anyway.
> 2. Currently we are subject to Rogers traffic shaping over their network.
> This applies to the network over all to avoid congestion. Saying that we are
> not aware of any specific traffic throttling such as torrents or P2P file
> sharing software at this time. We also do not block any ports for our
> service, even though Rogers blocks certain ports on their network.

Cable didn't exist here when I made the switch to EyeSurf.  They had
been promising it for 7 months and hadn't delivered.  Of course, 2
months after I switch they finally launch it.  I know it's more
Rogers' fault than TekSavvy, but I got tired of "Oh, it'll be in July,
no, September, no, December, oh, we don't know when it will be."

UBB was the last straw that made me switch.  I may switch back to
TekSavvy cable once I have a solid VoIP system running, but that's in
the future.



> Eric Gerlach wrote, On 06/09/2011 11:28 AM:
>> Yeah, I was switching from TekSavvy on the internet side, so I was
>> apologizing the whole way to them.  Same to Primus on the phone side,
>> I liked them too (they would email me a notification of new voicemail.
>>  Haven't figured out if I can do that on EyeSurf yet).
>> On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM, Pete Dixon <dixonpete at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I've had Eyesurf since the beginning of the year for both phone and
>>> Internet
>>> and just love the service. It's been exactly as advertised. Much cheaper,
>>> better service and better features than Bell.
>>> hightlights:
>>> no downloads limits
>>> no throttling
>>> all the phone features
>>> unlimited free long distance in Canada
>>> regular POTS phone line, indistinguishable from Bell quality
>>> Hard to beat all that. The Bell loyalty dept basically had a stroke when
>>> I
>>> told them about the deal.
>>>> Are you still happy with your service on EyeSurf?  I've had a few other
>>>> people at work inquiring about isp options.
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