Data cap criticized
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.