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Videotron Ultimate Speed 120  (Source: Videotron)

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120Mbps down, 20Mbps up

Most of the broadband connections in the U.S. today are hardly capable of being called broadband and are much slower on average than what people in other countries have access to. The FCC wants 100Mbps connections in the next decade all around the country and broadband providers are claiming they can't hit that mark.

Canadians can already get speeds that are faster than the FCC's vision for America, assuming they can get cable broadband from provider Videotron. Videotron has rolled out an insanely fast web plan for customers that can hit 120 Mbps on download and as fast as 20Mbps on uploads. The service uses DOCSIS 3.0 and manages to squeak by Suddenlink (available in
Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma ) which advertises 107Mbps downloads.

Videotron calls the plan the Ultimate Speed 120 package and it will be available to all of the customers in Quebec City by year's end. "Ultimate Speed Internet 120 pushes back the frontier for intensive Internet users," said Robert Depatie, president and CEO of Videotron. "Today, we are launching the high-speed Internet service of the future. With the pace at which users' needs are changing, we are not so far from the day when 120 Mbps will be a must-have convenience."

After Quebec City is hooked up, Videotron will roll the service out to other areas where it operates. The plan is not cheap though at more than a Canadian dollar per Mbps of speed with a price of $149.95 CAD per month reports 
CED Magazine.

Videotron launched its DOCSIS 3.0 network two years ago with 50Mbps and 30Mbps tiers.

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By Homer Jay Simpson on 9/24/2010 1:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Not even then first. Here in BC we have Shaw and Novus offering faster speeds already.
Novus has got 200 down / 10 up

Shaw offers 100 down / 5 up (slightly slower) but are currently trialing gigabit connections to he home:

Novus does enforce their caps, but Shaw doesn't.

By StevoLincolnite on 9/24/2010 3:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
Here in Australia over the last year or so we have moved from plans which offered 12gb download caps, to ones offering over a Terabyte, loving the competition as our Monopoly looses customers.

Then you have the National Broadband Network with talks of upgrading the speed to 1gbs.

So it seems the US is heading to where we were with Broadband with pitiful caps and speeds, whilst we move towards high-speed and potentially unlimited downloads.

RE: First to market, but not the only one...
By Hoser McMoose on 9/25/2010 10:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Then you have the National Broadband Network with talks of upgrading the speed to 1gbs.

Given how much you'll have to pay for that National Broadband Network (possibly up around $10,000 for a typical family) I wouldn't get TOO excited about that plan if I were you.

Remember, things paid for by the government are NOT free, you pay every penny of the plan (plus overhead) through your taxes. In the case of Australia's network plans it's basically a way for urban residents to subsidize the cost of rolling extremely fast broadband to to rural residents.

By Wierdo on 9/27/2010 11:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's a wise investment with a longterm outlook, we need something like that too imho, right now we're sorta eating own own seed corn so to speak, thanks to short term and narrow outlook in part, but also due to the reality of our broadband market with regional monopolies and such.

By Ratinator on 9/24/2010 6:38:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the Shaw one has been available (at least in Saskatchewan) for over a year already.

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