Rogers and Bell customers will soon be paying more for their Netflix binges, as internet rates are set to increase by upwards of $8.00 per month with both providers.
According to MobileSyrup, internal documents at Rogers reveal that internet packages with download speeds of 20Mbps or more will be increased by $8.00 per month and packages with download speeds under 20Mbps will be increased by $4.00 per month.
The new pricing will take effect March 12 and Rogers has added a note to their internet page to reflect the upcoming change. Currently, five of six internet packages offered by Rogers in Ontario have download speeds above 20Mbps and will see the maximum $8.00 monthly increase.
Rogers customers on existing plans with a guaranteed monthly rate will not be affected by the price hike, but only until the guaranteed period is over. In addition, Connected for Success customers and those who pay for internet through condo maintenance fees will be exempt from the new pricing.
Meanwhile, Bell will be increasing their internet rates across the board by up to $5.00 per month starting April 1, as noted on their service rates page. The increase will depend on your province and home phone packages will also see an increase of up to $2.00 per month.
It’s a pesky trend in the Canadian telecom industry and it’s also the second consecutive year that Rogers and Bell have increased their rates. Both companies offer similar reasoning for increasing prices, as both cite growing usage and network infrastructure investments and as the primary factors behind the move.
There are alternatives for cheaper internet, most notably with third-party internet providers like Start.ca and Teksavvy, who resell services from Rogers or Bell at a fraction of the price. In fact, many third-party providers cut their prices in early-2017 thanks to a CRTC ruling that made it cheaper to access broadband services.