US Broadband Provider ICOA to Acquire B.C.’s TANGO Software

TANGO Software, based in Richmond, B.C., has agreed to sell a majority stake to ICOA, a broadband wireless Internet network provider. TANGO, a specialist in digital security and payment processing software, has integrated processors with payment gateways including FDMS, Nova Systems, BCE AssurePay, and Moneris. With ICOA’s help and funding, TANGO will develop its own […]

Teksavvy Cable Internet Service no longer Digital Home recommended

Founded in 1998 in Chatham Ontario, Teksavvy is a third party internet access (TPIA) provider which has been popular among Digital Home readers for several years for its DSL internet service. Just over a year ago, the company announced a cable internet service which would offer lower prices and more bandwidth than what consumers could get from Rogers Cable.

High Speed Internet Smackdown: Rogers vs Teksavvy

An Angus Reid study released this week found that 46 per cent of Canadian respondents would give up watching television before they would ditch using the Internet or their phones.

Thirty-five percent said they would rather give up their phone in order to continue their online and television access, while only 20 per cent would give up their Internet access. The research shows what many Canadians already know, internet access is no longer a luxury in our present day western society, it’s an essential.

Videotron records strong subscriber growth in 2010

Videotron, Quebec’s largest cable company, recently announced it had logged its seventh consecutive year of subscriber growth in 2010 with gains in every area of its business including cable, digital phone, internet services and wireless.

By the end of 2010, Videotron had 1,811,600 subscribers to its cable television service, up marginally from 1,777,000 a year earlier. While the gains in basic cable were modest, the number of more profitable digital cable customers rose 12.5% from 1,084,100 at the end of 2009 to 1,219,600 by the end of 2010.

CRTC holding more hearings into Usage Based Billing (UBB)

The CRTC has announced that it will hold public hearings starting July 11th as part of its now continuing review into wholesale residential high-speed Internet access services.

The new proceedings, which will occur when many Canadians and Canadian politicians are on holidays, were announced just six weeks after Industry Trade Minister Tony Clement announced that Federal Cabinet would not accept the CRTC’s October 2010 decision regarding Usage Based Billing ruling.

Surveying Internet Rates across Canada

Over the last year, virtually every major Canadian Internet Service Provider has announced significant price increases and/or a significant reduction in service .

For example, last October Shaw Cable raised the cost of their high speed internet by $2 per month, an amount well above inflation, and in 2011, the cable giant plans on dramatically reducing service by implementing bandwidth caps on all of its Internet plans.