Videotron is rolling out a new ultra-super-mega-speed cable Internet service, 50 megabits per second, starting in Laval. Unfortunately there are two problems with it:
- It’s expensive. $90 a month ($80 with a 12-month subscription)
- There’s a 50GB cap (combined upload/download), $1.50/GB after that, with no upper limit on bandwidth-related overcharges. This cap is actually lower than their 10 megabit “Extreme High-Speed” service, which is only $75/month and has a 100GB/month cap.
According to my l33t math skills, it would take just over two hours at the maximum download speed to surpass the cap. In the theoretical (but practically impossible) situation where you were using that bandwidth non-stop for a 30-day month, the overage charges would amount to $24,225.00.
Roberto offers that you won’t be using the top speed all the time, which is true. At just about anything beyond 10 or 15 megabits, the bottleneck is going to be on the other side.
But if you’re not going to use the top speed, why pay for it? The 30-megabit service is $15 less per month, and still faster than you’ll really need unless you have a dozen people in your family downloading movies at the same time.
This service sounds good on pamphlets and in press releases, but the cap ensures that the people who would really find such service useful aren’t the ones they want using it.
UPDATE (March 15): Criticism of Videotron’s marketing campaign, which seems to be targetted at movie downloaders.