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Nowak: “A worse proposition than almost anywhere”

It's official: the price is too damn high. And that's the message that the CRTC needs to hear from you. Send your message at Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic   Bell has officially announced the availability and pricing of its gigabit fibre broadband service, and it’s as expensive as expected. The full speed – 940 megabits per second download and 100 Mbps upload with unlimited usage – costs a whopping $149 per month. One step down – 300 Mbps download and 100 Mbps up with 750 gigabytes of monthly usage – is $95. The 150 Mbps download tier, with 50 Mbps upload and 500 GB usage, is $85 a month.

The service is now available to 1.3 million homes in Ontario and Quebec, rising to 2.2 million by the end of the year, Bell says. The top download speed will increase to the full gigabit – 1,000 megabits – next year.

The lofty pricing is not unexpected, since it is consistent with what other big telecom companies are charging for similar services in the United States. AT&T, for example, is charging between $110 (U.S.) and $120, currently about $145 and $157 Canadian.

On the bright side, the big price tag is less than what it could have been. Comcast, for example, is selling a two-gigabit service in the United States for a mind-boggling $300 (U.S.) a month.

On the other hand, it’s also considerably more than what’s available from everyone that isn’t a big American telecom company. Google is famously selling its Google Fiber in a growing number of cities for $70 (U.S.), or $91 Canadian. CenturyLink’s gigabit service costs around $80 in Washington, Oregon and Nevada. Canby Telecom, another Oregon-based ISP, is selling it for $49 (U.S.) while California’s Sonic has gigabit broadband for $40 (U.S.) with a landline phone thrown in for fun.

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