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Canadian ISPs Cap Data at 25GB Per Month

Canadians are seeing their unlimited data plans replaced with 25GB monthly caps. No we’re not talking about wireless data providers, but plain old home broadband providers here. The Canadaian Radio-Telecommunications Commission has approved Bell Canada’s plans for usage based billing and now smaller Canadian ISPs, which ride on Bell Canada’s copper, will also have to play the cap game.

The above image is what one ISP’s customers are receiving by email.

The result is pretty ugly for Canadian consumers who may have cut the cord and signed up for video services, such as the newly available Netflix  streaming service. Canadians were previously offered uncapped plans, or had plenty of head room. A $31.95 plan from TekSavvy used to include 200GB of data. They now get 25GB for the same price. Addition GB’s are $1.90 each, but they can pre-pay for overage – $4.75 for an extra 40GB.

via Ars Technica

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4 Comments

  1. Yelsnebynot

    01/31/2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hope this doesn’t include those of us with existing unlimited plans, though it seems to appear that way! Currently get unlimited with Bell for under $60 per month (yes, we’ve been with them awhile!). If we get bumped off of that plan, we’ll be stuck with a maximum of 65 GB per month at $36.95 (25 GB at $31.95 + $5.00 for extra 40GB). As my wife and I have computers along with our son’s ipod touch, we will have to cut down on our usage to avoid getting charged what I consider to be draconian overage fees! While I understand the concept of paying more for using more, the C.R.T.C’s drastic move, in my opinion, amounts to selling somebody a big bag of marbles every month, only to be told later that there will be extra fees if you use more than 1/4 of your monthly bag! It’s just another cash grab that is all too typical of our Canadian Government!!

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  2. Yelsnebynot

    01/31/2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hope this doesn’t include those of us with existing unlimited plans, though it seems to appear that way! Currently get unlimited with Bell for under $60 per month (yes, we’ve been with them awhile!). If we get bumped off of that plan, we’ll be stuck with a maximum of 65 GB per month at $36.95 (25 GB at $31.95 + $5.00 for extra 40GB). As my wife and I have computers along with our son’s ipod touch, we will have to cut down on our usage to avoid getting charged what I consider to be draconian overage fees! While I understand the concept of paying more for using more, the C.R.T.C’s drastic move, in my opinion, amounts to selling somebody a big bag of marbles every month, only to be told later that there will be extra fees if you use more than 1/4 of your monthly bag! It’s just another cash grab that is all too typical of our Canadian Government!!

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  3. Michael Cash

    02/01/2011 at 9:18 pm

    Its a real struggle for Canadians to get good and reliable coverage. I have family in various parts of canada, and a lot of them resort to Skype for keeping in touch with family out of the country.

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