TekSavvy FTTN vs Start.ca FTTN (In General a bunch of questions related to FTTN)
Anyways, so i'm looking to switch to FTTN at my place. (Mississauga, Ontario) I know it is available according to Start.ca and Teksavvy's websites. At the moment we are suffering badly on Rogers cable with crap speeds and POS modems and the usual crap with them, so i'm trying to go away from cable altogether to FTTN/FTTH, which seems to be the future of internet in Canada, and rightfully so. OK, so my first question, is Teksavvy's FTTN advertised as "High Speed DSL" ? Thats what im assuming since regular DSL cant reach 25/10 or 50/10. But if Tek's is just DSL with no fiber, it's a no go for me, whereas start's service is advertised as "FTTN"
So what i'm looking for is preferably a 25/10 connection. Teksavvy's is the cheapest at $39,95CDN/month, vs start's $49,95CDN. What i'm after here, is how good is FTTN compared to cable? (i really hope it's better than rogers congestion) , How is Teksavvy's service vs starts service? Do either of them have dry-loop fees? (we only use cell phones here) And we would like to keep rogers cable tv, so would that be possible as well?
Now, about modem rental fees... We would prefer to rent the modem, but if a purchase is required, we shall comply... I assume both Teksavvy & Start deploy the Sagemcom modem for 25/10 and 50/10, correct? Does Teksavvy offer a rental option? Does start? Do any of you know of a good place to buy a cheap sagemcom? (The $130 charged by Tek/Bell is a bit steep)
Bottom line, unless service on Start.ca is OMG OMG SO MUCH BETTER than Teksavvy, we would prefer to go with Teksavvy because its cheaper, but if the service is crap on tek, we'll pay extra for start.ca, or maybe just go with 15/10 on start. Thats better than Cable 6/256kb lol.
My final question, how can you tell how far your house is from the node? (or can you?)
Thanks for your time in answering my questions!