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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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Does it matter?
By stm1185 on 9/25/2010 8:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
I am currently using a 50mbps Comcast Business cable line. It speed tests out to 52/11, so it actually can give the speed they advertise. But outside of Steam and EA's download servers I rarely see a download go above 4 MBps. Comcast supposedly will be able to push out 100Mbps before too long in my area. But I cant say I would upgrade without it being free.

If the vast majority of sites you would download from cant get above 32Mbps; then what is the point of having 100mbps?

Well maybe you can stream higher quality video, except no one really is offering it. Maybe games would download twice as fast off steam, but it is already faster then making the trip to the store, so I dont know how much that is worth.

Then if people start downloading all their games, and streaming all their video in blu ray quality they would quickly hit a bandwidth cap; then like me they would switch to a business line; and then after enough of those that option would get removed.

I think congress should look into mandating a removal of caps before they mandate a speed increase; and that the content providers need to start upgrading first. Where is my 1080p option on Hulu already!

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