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Did you know: The Southern Gulf Island's eligibility for the $1.75 billion dollar Universal Broadband Fund is partially determined by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada’s ‘National Broadband Internet Service map’—but the SGI's data is incomplete?
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has partnered ISED Canada to collect real-world testing data to help the government maximize its investment in rural broadband and identify where the need is greatest. Gulf Island residents can help promote faster internet for the region by taking CIRA’s Internet Performance Test.
Please complete your speed test by January 15th, 2021!
In May 2020, CIRA submitted data to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) consultation on barriers to rural broadband deployment.
CIRA's data demonstrates the massive gap in actual, measured internet speeds experienced by Canadian households in rural and urban areas. For example, in April, rural download speeds were nearly 12 times slower than those enjoyed by urban Canadians. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, internet speeds have fallen for rural users, and increased for urban users, effectively widening Canada’s digital divide.
CIRA's full release with graphs and figures is available here.