The CRTC has issued a call to Canadians to assist in the testing of broadband internet speeds across the country.

Interested parties can volunteer to participate in a project that will measure the performance of internet services offered by 10 different Canadian internet service providers.

The results will let Canadians know what kind of speeds they are actually receiving from their ISPs and if those speeds match up with what companies purport to deliver in their advertising.

Participating ISPs:
  • Bell
  • Bell Aliant
  • Cogeco
  • Rogers
  • Shaw
  • Eastlink
  • Telus
  • Videotron
  • Northwestel
  • MTS Allstream

Canadians who subscribe to any of these internet service providers can sign up to receive a device called a Whitebox that connects to a modem or router and periodically measures internet connection speeds.

A study released in 2013 by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre found most Canadians expect to receive the speeds advertised by their ISP. The problem is, ISPs don’t actually know what speeds their customers are receiving, and in fact, many people receive speeds that are slower than advertised. That’s where the CRTC’s latest initiative comes into play.

Will you signing up to receive to a Whitebox and help measure the speed of your broadband connection? Discuss in our Internet, Landline and Wireless Phone forums today.


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