Some of Rogers’ heaviest Internet users could soon be reaching for their wallets before they download “free” movies or video games from file-sharing websites such as BitTorrent.


Executives at Rogers Communications Inc. said yesterday the cable giant is moving toward a utility-type model where the user pays based on the amount of broadband capacity consumed.


Subscribers can monitor their Internet use on Rogers’ website and will be sent messages when they are approaching their monthly limits. Rogers is rolling out a system that will place alerts directly on the Web page a subscriber is viewing.