Data cap crit­i­cized

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — Nova Sco­tia Premier Stephen McNeil is harshly crit­i­ciz­ing plans by East­link to cap monthly data us­age for ru­ral In­ter­net cus­tomers and charge penal­ties to users who ex­ceed the new limit. McNeil says some ru­ral cus­tomers still do not have ac­cess to ad­e­quate high-speed In­ter­net, some­thing he con­sid­ers an es­sen­tial ser­vice like trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture. He says hav­ing ac­cess to high­speed In­ter­net is not a lux­ury and he’s frus­trated by the move from East­link, which he says is not in the best in­ter­est of Nova Sco­tians. The ser­vice provider re­cently in­formed its ru­ral cus­tomers that their data us­age would be capped at 15 gi­ga­bytes per month, with a $2 fee charged for each ad­di­tional gi­ga­byte up to a max­i­mum of $20. The com­pany said in an email state­ment that the cap is in­tended to ad­dress In­ter­net traf­fic and pro­vide equal ac­cess to the ser­vice for bet­ter over­all broad­band In­ter­net.

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