Internet Usage for Rural Connect Customers

Rural Connect, is a service connecting certain underserved rural areas of Nova Scotia to the Internet for basic internet needs like email, general web browsing, access to Government Services, social media, and some video services.

Our goal is to ensure that all customers have fair and equal access to this shared Internet service. For that reason, a monthly allowable usage is applied to this service.

Product Monthly Included Usage
Additional Monthly Usage
Rural Connect 15 GB $2 per GB (to a maximum of $20)
Rural Connect 10 150 GB $2 per GB (to a maximum of $75)

Help me understand how much data I would normally use

Here are some general Internet activities and their estimated usage:

  • Upload 50 high resolution (2 MB) photos to your Facebook album
  • Download one 9-hour audio book
  • Download a 45 min TV show from iTunes (SD/HD)
  • Visiting 500 standard web pages over 1 month
  • Send 50 emails (with attachments)
  • 1 hour VoIP (Skype) Voice Only / HD Video
  • Play 10 hours of online games (Xbox, Playstation, etc.)
  • Download New / Update game
  • Stream 1 hour of YouTube Video in 1080p
  • Watch 1 hour of Netflix in SD/HD
  • 0.15 GB
  • 0.25 GB
  • 0.20 GB/0.60 GB
  • 0.50 GB
  • 0.65 GB
  • 2.5 GB
  • 0.20 GB
  • ~0.1 - 10 GB
  • 1.65 GB
  • 1 GB / 3 GB

Tips To Help Manage Usage

The following tips are designed to help customers avoid unwanted additional usage.

  • Ensure your Wi-Fi is password-protected. This will prevent others from affecting included usage.
  • Install anti-virus / anti-spam software to prevent erroneous usage.
  • Turn off video autoplay on Facebook and other sites such as YouTube, which automatically play video.
    • Login and go to Facebook ‘settings’, click on the ‘videos’ tab on the bottom left margin, select option to disable auto-play in the dropdown menu on the right.
    • Move the Autoplay slider on YouTube, so it appears as follows: Autoplay Off
  • Netflix tip:
    • You can Manage Netflix Bandwidth Usage by changing the video quality settings to Low or Medium to consume less data.

Internet Data Plan Usage

Please note that as of November 1, 2016 – you can check your data plan usage through My Account.
Login and select Data Usage Details on the dashboard.

  • Your Data Plan monthly usage period will now be the same as your billing period.
  • You will be able to securely check your data plan usage from anywhere through My Account.
  • You will receive an email alert when you reach 100% of your monthly Data Plan.


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