I guess it depends on what your definition of “it” is. In this case, it’s internet access.
Last summer on the island, we used a combination of EDGE technology (via bluetooth – laptop to phone) and dialup for our access here at the top of Cook’s Bay in Lake Simcoe about an hour north of Toronto.
As this would be the first (and hopefully only) year that we wouldn’t have a Toronto “home”, it was critical that Imbi and I have high-speed internet access here for work. I spent part of the spring searching for providers – almost went Satellite and then discovered that Look works here on the island. (For less money than satellite, plus we get 40 channels of pointless television. Satelitte TV was the same cost just for TV service as the entire cost of the Look setup per month for TV and Internet.)
I’ve been knocked out by the speed. We supposedly had high-speed access from Rogers at our Toronto rental in the Beach.
But we regularly lost Vonage phone service and the net felt hand-cranked half the time. Not so here in the hinterlands.
Look provides us with Microwave High Speed. The signal travels about three miles from a tree on our property to a Microwave tower across the lake. The numbers speak for themselves. (On Monday I uploaded a 300MB file to Box.net without a hitch – 50% faster than I’d ever achieved uploading to Box.net on Rogers.)
We are paying for a 1.5MB up/384K down service. And these are the numbers we are getting. Pretty darn close. I asked about going with their 3MBs service and was told it probably wasn’t worth it – we should experience the speed they told us. It’s never been my experience in the past. That’s changed with Look. Good on them.
Rogers was never even close to providing us with their slowest “high-speed” service in the city and we were paying for their true “high-speed” service.
Click on the image below to check the speed of your provider. Are they telling you the truth.