B.C.’s rural and remote residents encouraged to take internet speed test

Don’t like how fast your internet is? According to one regional district in B.C.’s Interior, you’re not alone.

Many B.C. towns have expressed worry that federal data on broadband Internet speeds may not accurately reflect the speeds observed in homes, businesses, and other sites, according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

And, as the CSRD points out, that data is crucial since it is used to assess eligibility for financing programs aimed at improving connection.

So, how does this relate to you? Residents in B.C. are being asked to test their internet speeds by the regional district and the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM).

Those tests, according to both organizations, are critical in determining whether B.C. areas have anomalies between the internet speeds that should be available and the actual speeds.

This webpage provides access to the speed test.

The acronym Mbps is a standard phrase when it comes to understanding internet speeds. It stands for megabits per second and is a metric for determining how fast someone’s internet connection is.

Visit this website to learn more about Mbps and how a low or high Mbps number influences how quickly or slowly sites or online videos may be viewed or products downloaded.

The CRTC says it wants all Canadian homes and businesses to have broadband Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 10 megabits per second (Mbps) for uploads.

According to the UBCM, in April, a business was chosen to examine speeds in remote and rural B.C. towns to discover which ones had speeds below 50/10 Mbps, as depicted on federal maps.

Access to high-speed Internet services enhances access to healthcare, education, culture, public safety, and economic activities, according to the CSRD.

The regional district stated, “The CSRD already has data showing local internet speeds are lower in some places than the federal data suggests.”

“By participating in a simple Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) test, CSRD residents, companies, and community stakeholders may assist guarantee the accurate data for Internet speed is recorded.”

Residents were also asked to participate in the study via a press release published by the UBCM earlier this spring. This press release can be found here.

The CSRD has stated that all locals are encouraged to participate in the speed test.

The CSRD stated that the more comments gathered from various locations around the region, the more accurate the broadband Internet speed data will be.

“Because internet speeds vary, the test can be conducted many times in different locations.”

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