The limited feedback I received to date concerning the implementation of the Canopy fixed wireless broadband in the North Sault area is very positive. Users appear happy to be getting the service and are satisfied with the quantitative improvements over dial-up or satellite service.
One report indicates a download speed of 3.75 Mbps and an upload speed of .92 Mbps. While this may not seem like much to urban dwellers in places like Ottawa where Rogers announced they will introduce wireless (cellular) LTE service via a data stick in the 300 Mbps/70 Mbps range later this summer, it is a marked improvement.
I have received one account that a potential user was in a Canopy wireless “dead zone” and could not receive a signal with the necessary strength. Even so, he was very complementary about the effort made by the installer to try all options in an attempt to find a location on the property that might get a signal. He may try the 3G/4G HSPA service discussed below.
I am also getting feedback that people within range of the Bellevue tower 3G/4G HSPA service are using Rogers data hubs to install broadband (high speed Internet) and home phone service. One comment said the data hubs are out-of-stock until next week in the local area. Additional information on how this works is available through this ADnet website link
More people are likely to take–up this choice as additional 3G/4G HSPA sites come on line.