If you live rurally, there’s a good chance you don’t have the greatest Internet. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and participating Internet service providers (ISPs) are looking to hopefully change that.
The CRTC and ISPs are looking for people to participate in the Measuring Broadband Canada project, which tests the speeds of home wireline broadband Internet services. Participants will receive a “Whitebox” that they connect to their modem or router that will periodically measure broadband performance, testing a number of parameters, including download and upload speeds.
According to a news release, the tests will run when users are not actively using their Internet connection and no personal information will be collected as part of the research.
“The data collected through this project will help consumers see whether they are getting the Internet speeds that were advertised by Internet Service Providers and will also help the CRTC to better understand the performance of connection speeds in Canada,” says Scott Hutton, CRTC chief, consumer, research and communications.
According to the CRTC, earlier reports indicated that most participating Internet service providers met or exceeded advertised speeds, with some exceptions.