Find Internet plans available at my address. In Canada, finding an Internet Service Provider (ISP) can certainly be a challenge at times. You might live in a rural area and be lucky to find any internet service providers at all, or you might live in a major city like Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, St. Catharines - Niagara, Halifax, Oshawa, Victoria, Windsor, Barrie, Guelph, or one of the other large cities in Canada. The choices can range from slim to none, to a whole bunch including perhaps internet service providers such as: Rogers, Cogeco, Videotron, Bell, Bell Aliant, Shaw, Telus and WRS Web Solutions Inc. So what is a person to do? Well we hope that by making this website we will help you find the internet service provider to best meet your needs, and at the best price.
Please click on your Province below to see a list of Internet Service Providers for your province, as well as information on their plans available in the place where you live.
The types of internet vary. It is also a bit complicated by the fact that some internet service providers sometimes use different terms for the something. So to start with lest look at few of the most common types of intrenet:
Cable internet is perhaps the most common type of internet, and usually the cheapest type. It is delivered over a coax cable TV line. For those of you who remember 'cable TV' (whether it was from the days of just a few channels or "999 channels and nothing to watch"), yep, that is/was cable TV. Some people are still 'paying though the nose' for it, and many (who are able to) have opted to drop cable TV and get Netflix. So that is 'cable internet'. The only catch is that in he last couple of years some of the newer address think that they have 'cable internet' when they actually have 'fibre internet'. It can make things confusing.
DSL Internet is delivered over a phone line, without making your line 'busy', so use of the phone is not affected. These days most DSL is actually ADSL or VDSL technology, but for simplicity of marketing most internet service providers refer to it as 'DSL'. Rural address often only get DSL speeds of about 6 mbps down and 1 mbps up, which is very slow, but still likely cheaper than 'wireless' and faster than 'dial up'. In urban areas the speeds are comparable to 'cable internet'.
FTTN is fibre to the neighbourhood (or node), then copper phone line (or if you are lucky fibre) to the home. Many internet service providers include FTTN under their DSL offerings. DSL speeds of 10 mbps or more are often delivered as FTTN. FTTN is the next best thing to cable internet, and especially for the higher speeds is very comparable to cable internet.
Fibre To the Home (FTTH), is better than cable internet, as it is usually faster. When Rogers advertised Gigabit internet, they are usually referring to FTTH. Most cable companies wiring new homes today are using fibre wiring as opposed to the traditional coax cable TV cable. Some ISPs call this FTTP.
Satellite Internet is perhaps the most expensive form of internet. Speeds are often not as fast as cable internet. If you can, try to get cable internet or DSL.
Point to point is often more expensive than most of the other options. Enough said. If you can go with cable internet, DSL or fibre, FTTN etc.
Dial up internet is less common these days. It still exists in some places. Few companies offer it. It is not 'fast'. Customers who have it, often wish they had something better.
Internet Service Providers In My Area. So how does one find out what the internet Service Providers In My Area are? Ok, let's start with your local cable company. Cable companies are assigned geographic monopolies by the CRTC, so they usually cannot compete with one another on 'cable internet' as their liens do not overlap. Chances are that your local cable TV company offers cable internet. In the case of Cogeco, we know that some parts of heir cable TV networks are not cable of offering cable internet.
When the cable TV companies got into the cell phone business, in most cases they started to become more of a cell phone company than a cable TV company. This means that they often then began to offer ‘wireless internet’, which lessoned their incentive to extend their cable TV networks, as ‘wireless internet’ is likely far more profitable for them than just about anything else they offer. Ask anyone with a big cell phone bill for ‘data’. We get people talking us about bills of hundreds of dollars per month, even as high as almost a thousand dollars a month, due to ‘wireless internet’ data usage at their homes. Needless to say they were looking for other ‘options’! The sad part about it is though, that often they are not able to find any other options.
The CRTC, bless their hearts, did insist on some competition in the cable internet service provider marketplace, in some parts of the country. This enabled some companies such as WRS Web Solutions Inc. (and others) to compete with the cable companies in offering 'cable internet' (but not cable TV channels) using the cable companies own cable lines. Unfortunately such companies are not able to compete in all parts of the country, or on all cable TV networks, but they do try hard! Other examples include TekSavvy, VMedia, and Start, to mention a few. These companies often also got some degree of access to the phone company DSL and FTTN lines in some parts of the country, but in the case of the Atlantic provinces that access often appears to have been limited to 7 mbps download speeds. Unfortunately it seems like these companies usually did not get access to the FTTH lines.