Netflix can provide a real treasure trove of data and information, giving us some real insight into the state of a country's internet. Such is the case when Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos commented, "It's almost a human rights violation what they're charging for internet access in Canada."
The low broadband caps cause customers to pay outrageous rates if they exceed a monthly cap starting at just 15 GB. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has gone on record before calling the caps and overage fees "grossly overpriced."
The caps have caused Netflix's Canada branch to adjust it's streaming rates with standard definition being the default option, which they initially didn't think would be a problem. However, they are now acknowledging that the caps are having a significant impact on their subscriber growth.
While Canada enjoys some of the finer liberties such as universal healthcare, their access to the internet has been deemed "third-world." Overall, they rank as the 20th country in the world for internet usage, clocking in at 28.47 million users as of 2012.