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Globe & Mail: Bell’s new fibre service comes with a super-high price tag attached

In Sandy, Oregon residents pay just US $60 a month (about $80 Canadian) for symmetrical gigabit fibre Internet. Here in Canada, telecom giant Bell is charging $150 for a service with capped upload speeds. If you've had enough, speak out at UnblockCanada.ca today. Article by Shane Dingman for The Globe and Mail Until recently there weren’t a lot of options in Canada if you wanted gigabit Internet speeds at your house. A few small towns, such as Olds, Alta., rolled out municipal broadband, and several companies have launched pilot projects in condominium buildings.   But as of Monday, Bell Canada is claiming 1.3 million homes in Ontario and Quebec could gain access to very high-speed downloads (up to 940 megabytes per second), which would be the widest service available thus far. That expands to 2.2 million homes by the end of the year.  The only downside may be the price, and the conditions.

 
The tiers of fibre optic Internet service Bell is offering start at $56 a month (for 15 mbps downloads and a 50 gigabyte monthly data cap) and rise as high as $150 for the highest speed, which is also the only one without a data cap. The next step down is 300 mbps with a 750 GB data cap for $96. Those prices exclude any bundle discounts, upgrade or trial rates.
 
By contrast, Google offers gigabit Internet in Kansas for $70 (U.S.), or $91 (Canadian).
 

 

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