I tried to keep the site up to date in July, but had typically slow response working through our Hughes satellite connection and had to resort to going to town to use our daughter's wifi and high speed lite connection. This was the final straw and we cancelled our Hughes connection through Galaxy Broadband effective the end of August. Dealing with Galaxy was difficult at times especially their tech support, although the one experience with their accounting people rivaled that. FAP'ing was a major annoyance (FAP stands for Fair Access Policy an Orwellian term if there ever was one). If you ever got what you paid for in bandwidth (I think 250 Meg in one day) they then, without warning, cranked you back to dial-up speed for the next 24 hours, effectively robbing you of most of the next day's 250 Meg. Hughes in the States gives subscribers free reset tokens and will allow you to buy more if you need more than a few a month. That wasn't an option with Galaxy even though they are a reseller of Hughes' system.
In 2005, when we went off-grid, satellite was the best option. It gave us relatively high download speeds at home and up at camp and in the orphanage in Mexico. There was no other option with that ability, albeit moving the dish to other locations was at best a don't-ask-don't-tell situation. The provider knows exactly where your dish is on the surface of the earth, but as long as we never asked for help in setting it up elsewhere they pretended it always stayed ten miles south of Meadow Lake.
Seven years later, technology has moved on. You can get much higher speeds at significantly less cost per byte and with much more flexibility on off season rates and VoIP without the latency issues of satellite. You need to be in a cell phone coverage zone, so there are still places where satellite would still be the best option, but that doesn't apply to our known future plans.
As we were moving ourselves away from Galaxy Broadband and Hughes, CBC moved away from us. They had announced shutting down analog tranmission in our area. "No biggie!" we thought, "we'll just hook up the digital convertor".
They apparently decided that our area was one of the ones that wasn't worth the investment in a digital upgrade so the only over the air television signal went off the air overnight and stayed off forever. They did switch to digital in the major markets where they are competing with private commercial television stations. It doesn't make sense to me to spend portions of my tax dollars toward an organization that is only going to be in markets already served by tax paying businesses that would pay more taxes if they weren't having to compete against a government subsidized organization.
Maybe you feel your tax dollars are okay going there. But then again maybe your routine of recording "Wheel" and "Jeopardy" and watching it before bedtime hasn't been disrupted. Goodness knows there is nothing else worth watching on CBC. I guess we will see how our new internet connection handles television. Perhaps there is a serrendiptious synchronicity here!