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Grading the Internet

Netflix releases a report card ranking ISPs in the U.S. and Canada


Grading the Internet (Bright idea)The movie-streaming service Netflix reported last week that it now has 20 million subscribers, up from 12.3 million one year ago. Netflix’s growth has quickly made it a force in the entertainment business, but its increasingly popular service is putting steep demands on the Internet service providers responsible for delivering all those movies to customers’ homes­—and prompting a simmering battle over who should carry the data costs.

Last week, Netflix released a report card ranking ISPs in the U.S. and Canada and their ability to handle Web video offered by the company. Measuring streaming rates in kilobits per second, Netflix ranked Charter and Comcast highest in the U.S. But it was the Canadian providers who stood out, with the top-ranked Shaw and Rogers (which owns Maclean’s) and the third-placed Bell beating out all the American ISPs.

The company says it will offer the reports monthly, keeping tabs on which ISPs remain Netflix-friendly.


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  1. "a simmering battle over who should carry the data costs"? Funny, I thought I already WAS paying for my internet.

  2. That's astonishing. How is it even possible that the Canadian ISPs outperform most of those in the far more competitive US market? This flies in the face of the conventional wisdom that our turgid telecom market has lead to expensive, poor-quality service.

  3. ent: Mon, January 17, 2011 4:30:37 AM
    Subject: CSIS involvement in politics

    January 2011

    Dear Senator:

    Would it affect your vote if you learned that the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper was a CSIS operative in the late 1980s and early 1990s?

    This interesting-but-not-scandalous information (as once described by Jeff Sallot, a noted journalist and now teaching media at Carleton University) has been deemed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) as an item of ‘national security,' and I, in turn, was deemed as “prejudicial to the safety and interests of the [Canadian] state” under the Security of Information Act (SOIA). My career was ruined as a result.

    So, congratulations… you are now privy to a national-security secret.

    If, after a moment of contemplation, you find something fishy about this ‘secret,' as if Canada's security wouldn't change one iota if it were broadcast around the world, you are privy to what this package is really about: the lack of judgment by CSIS, their dirty tricks, harassment and above all, their denial of basic justice to innocent Canadians.

    The Liberal Party of Canada is aware of this information, but according to a letter from Michael Ignatieff's office (copied to the Evidence directory), the Liberals are not interested in this issue. The reasons for the Liberal's lack of interest may include the fact that CSIS may have also protected a Liberal Prime Minister from another ‘national security secret' – i.e., a brief affair with a Peterborough woman in or around 2005 – by harassing her to an extreme degree. Read the article about her ordeal at the hands of CSIS in the Evidence directory (#23a and b).

    This package is a book proposal seeking a publisher. Four chapters and an introduction tentatively entitled Life Under CSIS Rule are included, as well as a book synopsis and letter to a prospective literary agent. A series of magazine articles are also feasible, as is internet publication. The Gangstalker Directory contains “About Gangstalkers” to explain the role of ‘gangstalkers' – simply, a network of louts recruited to harass a whistleblower – including some photos of them in action. The phenomenon of gangstalking has been developed very well at the website,, to which I refer the reader. In my case, CSIS has rented apartments in my neighbourhood to house them, so I enclose some photos of those houses as well.

    My resume and a photograph of my wife and I are included to identify us, as well as a Contact sheet to warn of the difficulties of communication when you are under CSIS investigation. My proposed book isn't as important as the country. If you don't want my experiences in Life Under CSIS Rule to be a regular occurrence in Canada, all under the excuse of ‘national security,' please pass my story along. Please accept my legal permission to do so.


    Gareth Llewellyn

  4. That ranking is misleading. Canadian ISP may -offer- competitive Internet speed, but the better than average speed only comes at the cost of 50$ or more per month. Speed isn't the issue with Canadian ISP though, the big problem is the download/upload cap. That cap is far lower than what the American have, and once we go over our GB cap, we start paying each GB at premium price.