Feel like your relative's Internet is way faster than yours, every time you visit? It probably is.

A new study conducted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has found that Internet speeds vary widely across Canada.

New Brunswick takes the cake in Canada as the province with the fastest Internet speeds in the country, with average download speeds of around 27 Mbps, and our poor suffering Yukonites have to fare with download speeds of around 6.7 Mbps.

The Huffington Post reports that the CIRA measured Internet download speeds from across the country in 2015, and used data from 126,000 of those tests to make calculations for their survey.

In general, the Huffington Post reports, Internet speeds in Canada are an East to West story, with the best speeds found on the East coast.

Cities themselves have variations with different speeds in the downtown cores compared with those found in the suburbs. And rather surprisingly, Vancouver download speeds are a much as 25 per cent slower than those found in Toronto- as big a difference as can be found between urban and rural areas, in general, the CIRA reported.

Apparently, it’s not something specific to Canada though, as the East coast bias seems like it could actually be continental.

A study done by Speed Matters in the United States back in 2008 found the exact same pattern in Internet speeds south of the border: Easterners had much faster speeds than Westerners. Which state was the slowest? You guessed it: Alaska.

Can the differences be ironed out? Hopefully they can. It is reassuring that companies such as Telus are investing more and more dollars in upgrading their systems across Canada, in order to bring everyone up to speed.

The west coast received the largest sum this year in investments from Telus, $370 million, compared with just $62 million which has been promised for system upgrades in the Toronto area done by the company.

The CIRA's survey is timely as the  CRTC is currently holding hearings to determine whether access to high speed Internet should be considered a basic right for all Canadians, and whether nationwide standards should be set for Internet upload and download speeds.

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