As a holiday present to our members, Cybera is once again dropping the price of bandwidth for the Internet Buying Group. As of January 1, 2019, the price will go down from $2.25 per Mbps to $1.75 per Mbps, a 22% decrease.
This is the 11th price drop for the bulk buying service since it was launched in 2012. Member organizations of the Internet Buying Group (including post-secondary institutions, K-12 school authorities, health care centres, and other government institutions) have saved over $5.3 million in network fees to date. As well as providing valuable savings, the buying group also offers other benefits, such as the ability to take part in Cybera’s shared Virtual Firewall Service, as well as achieve free bandwidth traffic over IPv6.
The Internet Buying Group is also set up to be flexible and responsive to members’ needs, allowing them to adjust their bandwidth requirements on a month-to-month basis. This allows educators to stay ahead of the fluctuating demand for internet throughout the year.
“The original goal of the Internet Buying Group was to create a more equitable market for Alberta’s public sector institutions to buy internet,” says COO Barb Carra. “Over the years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the landscape, with bandwidth prices coming down for many institutions. We are pleased that, thanks to programs like the Internet Buying Group, most schools in the province no longer need to cap the amount of internet used by staff and students. This has led to an explosion in the use of online learning tools and platforms that are giving kids the skills needed to compete in the future workforce.”
If you have any questions about any of Cybera’s networking services, please contact our network administration team.