I think DreamHost is counting on the fact that the vast majority of their customers will never come close to using the allocated bandwidth and I doubt many do, I know I don't
As you have already determined, Fantastico is not available. DreamHost use their own custom written control panel and have some packages available as 'one-click installs' via the panel. However, you are free to manually install just about anything your heart desires.
The $7.95/month for the Level 1 plan (when paid 2 years in advance) has been the going price for a while now, I can't see it changing too much in the near future.
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