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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-02, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Upload Speed Increases (March 2017)

Upload Speed Increases for Select Internet Plans
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Starting March 1st, 2017, we will be making improvements to upload speeds for select Internet tiers. These upload speed increases will ensure that our customers continue to enjoy today’s top online services.

Both new and existing customers will benefit from the updates outlined below. A new customer signing up for Internet 5 or 15 on or after March 1st will receive these updated speeds immediately. For existing customers, we will roll-out the updates across the country from March through to mid-April. Customers are able to expedite their speed increases by manually resetting their modems after March 1st, 2017, otherwise, speed increases will be completed for all effected customers by mid-April.
Tier Current Upload New Upload
Internet 5 0.512 Mbps 1.0 Mbps
High Speed 7.5 0.512 Mbps 1.0 Mbps
High Speed 10 0.512 Mbps 1.0 Mbps
Internet 15 0.512 Mbps 1.5 Mbps
High Speed 20 0.512 Mbps 2.0 Mbps

Source: https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-1...wsletter-v1-L9
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-03, 12:44 PM
 
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Shouldn't this read "Starting March 1st, 1997..."
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-03, 02:07 PM
 
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Really its that low?
That's insanely slow for todays standards

I have 12 up and I complain how slow uploads are

I have a photographic memory, trouble is most times the lens cap is on.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-03, 02:41 PM
 
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Is that a joke? Sure wouldn't want to be a customer of them, that is not much better than upload speed you would get with wireless like Explornet.

Looked at thier website prices, don't even offer unlimited service on any of their tiers.

And the incumbents wonder why people leave for third party providers.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-03, 04:59 PM
 
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^ They don't even offer most of those plans anymore.
The only one is Internet 5 at $55.00 a month. Ridiculous.
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Not everyone is a power user. There are plenty of people who only surf the web and send/receive a few e-mails a day. For example, when I'm travelling I often run into situations where the available WiFi is less than 1 mbps up/down. It's perfectly adequate for that purpose and I'm even able to stream some music or basic Youtube videos. At home I'm perfectly happy with 30 down/5 up. It allows me to do everything I need, including streaming HD streams, which require far less than 30 down. High upload speeds are also not required by most people. When packaged in a bundle, especially over a set term, the prices are also significantly lower that what is "published"

I understand that some households have many users who are glued to their various screens, but not everyone requires that level of service.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-06, 12:40 PM
 
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^

With your example of Internet 30 bundled with Personal TV the price is $121 a month for existing customers. Internet 30 is $75 a month, Personal TV is $46 a month, the same price as in a bundle. Maybe Rogers gives bundle discounts.
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Sorry, forgot this was Shaw. I'm not sure what they do for bundles or for "contracts". For example, with Rogers, if you're willing to commit to a 1-2 year contract you can typically get 20% or more off the overall bundle depending on what's included in that bundle.

I'm not sure what the pricing is like for the speeds in post 1. Each person has to determine their own needs, what they're willing to pay, or if they want to deal with several different providers, etc. I was just trying to point out that not everyone needs Gigabit speeds.

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I am seeing the new speed (actually a bit better on the upload) 29 down and 2.4 up.
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With the way kids alone consume media, I doubt these speeds would be adequate for most families. I can't remember the last time I went to a family gathering and didn't see each child with their own tablet.

Maybe this promotion should be called "March Sadness" instead of "March Madness".
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These are not really marketed towards families with multiple devices.


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Agreed. Some people purchase a two-seater car, or use a bicycle or walk. Others need a minivan (and buy an SUV).

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I can't remember the last time I went to a family gathering and didn't see each child with their own tablet.
Sad. See last paragraph of post 6.

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-13, 02:35 PM
 
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Well, even if you didn't need that bandwidth all the time, it would be good to know you're capable of hosting a party with kids. Afterall, you don't want to be known as the mean uncle who wouldn't let the kids play on the tablet. If kids can't even play here:



they probably wouldn't sit still at your house without having much else to do.
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@Westcoasting you seem to have missed the previous posts that these plans are mainly old grandfathered plans that are no longer offered for sale. Shaw has other higher speed plans that they market for multiple users streaming video.

Internet 15 is still marketed "For casual browsing, streaming music and email", although in reality you should be able to stream 2 HD Netflix streams at once since each stream only requires 5 Mbps.

Here's a useful link from post 1, titled "Understanding Upload Speeds"
https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-10799
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 2017-03-16, 02:01 AM
 
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Thank you Shaw I am using a third party ISP, with 5 mbps download, which is more than adequate for my needs. However my VoIP telephony struggled with the 512kbps upload, but now works great at 1mbps. Thanks for bumping our speeds too even though I'm not a true Shaw customer.
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