Powell River, BC — May 20, 2021 Commissioned by the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) and the British Columbia Ministry of Citizens’ Services, TANEx Engineering is to conduct an Internet Speed Study.
The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) study focuses on identifying and quantifying geographic areas in BC where the Government of Canada National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map (ISED map) indicates that those locations have internet service available to them at 50 megabits per second download and 10 megabits per second upload (50/10), but users in from that geographic area do not experience internet service at 50/10Mbps level.
The qathet Regional District is urging its residents to participate with this study. “This is an excellent opportunity for residents to communicate directly with the CIRA in our region to highlight where there are poor internet speeds, and where more resources need to be focussed,” comments Regional District Chair Patrick Brabazon. “Rural Canadians internet speeds are significantly lower than those found in urban areas, so this is an excellent way for residents here to have their say and verify, possibly the only opportunity.”
To participate residents are asked to complete the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Internet Speed Test: https://performance.cira.ca/bc.
A closing date has not yet been determined, but residents are urged to participate as soon as possible to ensure the qathet Regional District is adequately represented.
Federal funding for improved broadband service in BC communities may rely on data that is inaccurate, limiting the ability of some communities to access this funding. UBCM is working with the Province and Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) to improve the data available for Internet speeds in BC communities, but time is running out for local governments and First Nations to provide input.
Once complete, resident’s speeds will inform the ISED map. The more tests that are completed, the more robust the data, about internet speeds that are experienced. This is particularly important in those areas that the ISED map shows as being well served at 50/10Mbps, but are not. Results will have an impact on the federal funding eligibility tied to the ISED map. The ISED map can be seen here: https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/sitt/bbmap/hm.html?lang=eng
John Johansen, Communications Advisor
qathet Regional District
#202 – 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2