If you want internet, it has to come with cable internet.
The Canadian Cable Association says the average household in the Greater Toronto Area has a monthly internet bill of $75.
That’s nearly $400 a month for the average person, a significant amount of money for many.
The association has been warning for years about the growing need for fibre-optic cable.
But with the cost of building and maintaining fibre networks skyrocketing, many Canadians have turned to internet services without the extra cost of cable.
“We’ve been telling people, ‘There’s a whole bunch of stuff that you can get, it’s going to be really easy to get and it’s not going to cost you anything,'” said Mike Cope, a lobbyist for the Canadian Cable and Telecommunications Association.
“But now we’ve got people saying, ‘I’ve never used cable before and I don’t know what it is.'”
Cope says there’s a growing number of Canadians who don’t have access to the internet at all.
“The number one reason for not having cable is not having access to it,” he said.
“You’re never going to get cable in this city unless you can have it.”
The city’s biggest internet provider, Rogers Communications, says it’s trying to address the problem by increasing the amount of time people have to get online.
“Our customers can access internet services for as long as they like, and our services are always up and running,” said Rob Moore, Rogers’ executive vice president of communications.
“They have unlimited internet.
They have no data caps.
The company says it offers an “opt-in” plan that gives subscribers a choice of how much data they use. “
And they’re getting internet at speeds of 1Gbps, which is faster than most broadband services.”
The company says it offers an “opt-in” plan that gives subscribers a choice of how much data they use.
But some users have been left frustrated.
A recent survey found that 25 per cent of subscribers say they’ve lost access to their online services because of the high cost of connecting.
“What I think is really frustrating is that most of the people I’ve spoken to who have had a cable connection are people who have never had cable, and they’ve been really good to me,” said Rachel, who only wants to be identified by her first name for fear of retribution.
“There’s this misconception that people with cable can’t get internet.
But they can,” she added.
It’s frustrating, because I can’t afford it.”