Calgary Community Network Association Reviews & Service Offerings
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CalgaryNet has been around for quite some time having been founded in 1996. They have been very proactive in the communities of Calgary, providing training programs, doing volunteer work, and providing internet services.
A very commendable program of theirs is known as the Barriers Away program, where they help individuals with disabilities, illnesses, immigrant status, refugee status, and many more with banking solutions, transportation problems, and training about the internet, ESL programs, and job searching. It is highly commendable of them to be doing such work for the community. However, our focus will be directed towards reviewing one of Calgary Net’s basic residential plans to see how they match up against other contenders.
Calgary Net offers a dial-up service that costs a total of $115 annual or $9.60 per month. Due to the fact that most of the world has moved on from dial-up, Calgary Net does not have a lot of competition to deal with. However, their prices are certainly optimal. If we put Calgary Net against another prominent Dial-up service provider like ClubPlus internet which offers the same services for around $15.00 a month we can see that Calgary Net is certainly more economical. Regardless of the pricing, the dial-up internet certainly doesn’t hold many practical uses anymore. A strong dial-up connection would allow a user to download 4 megabytes in 12.5 minutes.
The average Youtube video is around 30 to 60 megabytes of stream data. Other broadband options that are quite cheap as well may provide a better solution for the needs of those who want quickfire downloading and surfing. For example, Altima Telecom offers a 15 mbps plan with upload speeds of up to 1 mbps with unlimited usage per month for $39.99 per month. The price is certainly larger, but the speeds are more than 15 times the amount you’d get with dial-up services.
Calgary Net implements a $10 activation fee, but this fee and other donations all go to helping the less fortunate people in the world. Rarely do we find a service provider, who is also a non-profit charitable organization, but Calgary Net is and we highly respect their involvement in such things.
Calgary Net may not offer the best speeds or services, but they certainly do offer some of the best pricing schemes. You can also opt into their accelerator which provides “near DSL” surfing speeds. However, the fact of the matter remains that in this day and age, DSL connections with high download speeds are much more practical in comparison to dial-up services.
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