Advocacy group OpenMedia is calling on the CRTC to end data caps, which it says are a result of a “broken telecom market,” ahead of a commission hearing on zero-rating. In a Tuesday press release, it said the hearing set to begin on Oct. 31 “represents the best chance in a generation to ban telecom providers from capping customers’ Internet usage.” The organization published a report arguing that international comparisons show data caps and overuse charges in Canada are “nothing more than pricing tools disguised as network resource management.” The report compared the data caps used by major and third party wireline and wireless providers. It found wireline data packages start as low as 20GB per month at BCE Inc., with overcharges reaching, in Bell’s case, $3 to $4 per additional gigabyte. A 20GB data cap, OpenMedia said, is more than eight times “smaller than the minimum caps offered by the Big Four Internet providers in the U.S.” The report compared the different service providers across the country, including third party providers, and found a large delta between them in the number of packages and prices they offer. It argued data caps are a deliberate way for providers to support their cable TV services by discouraging third-party streaming applications which, they say, can eat at cap space quickly. It added that some providers that package their cable TV offering with Internet service abolish data caps completely. As such, they say, the idea that data caps are “a traffic management practice” does not “stand up to scrutiny.” It added that none of the three incumbents provide unlimited data for mobile.