Just today I logged on to the Internet and got that dreaded message from my ISP Rogers:
"This message is meant to inform you that you have reached 75% of your 60 GB usage limit."
So from now until my next billing cycle I'm walking a tight rope because for every gigabyte I go over the limit, I'm charged $2.00 on top of the regular $46.99 price.
This is the world of Metered Internet or Usage-Based billing and if you get your online access from Rogers or Bell (as 96% of Internet users in Canada do) you probably know all about it already because you've gotten this ominous message too.
Of course, some people get smart and move to an independent ISP like TekSavvy
where they can get an unlimited bandwidth with DSL for $24.95 and a 300GB cap on most of their cable plans or unlimited bandwidth for $54.95. Right now with Rogers, you only get 80GB of bandwidth for $59.99 and it costs $1.50 per gigabyte you go over.
But thanks to a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
ruling that allows incumbent ISPs like Bell to control how much wholesale providers charge their customers (and remove bandwidth caps, the competitive checks that limit prices), Internet plans at TekSavvy and other independent ISPs will start matching those at Bell and Rogers.