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Canadian commission to analyze broadband speed


05/23/2015 - 02:47





Canadian commission to analyze broadband speed
Canadian government has launched a project to gauge the speed experience consumers have with their broadband service providers.
 
The joint project is conducted by Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and all of the country's major Internet Service providers such as Bell Canada, Telus and Bell Aliant and market researcher SamKnows. The CRTC has said that up to 6,200 volunteer consumers that participate in the project will use a "Whitebox" connected to their modem or router that logs their Internet speeds at regular intervals when users are not active on the connection and the box will measure some points related to Internet connection.  The device will not track a user's information concerning online activities and will solely rely on the broadband speed and quality parameters.

This new project is intended to understand whether ISPs are actually delivering on the speeds they advertise and is similar to initiatives conducted by the FCC in the United States and by Ofcom in the UK. "This will help Canadians better understand the performance of their Internet services and whether certain Internet services from participating ISPs are delivering speeds as advertised," said Barbara Motzney, CRTC chief consumer officer, in a release.
 
CRTC said that these results will also provide data that will enable the CRTC to improve its broadband policy-making. The CRTC also intends to publish a comprehensive report highlighting the findings of this project. While the initial project is set to last for one year, the CRTC intends to continue gathering data beyond the initial year. Ultimately, the data will form part of the CRTC's data collection and monitoring activities.
 
In addition to this latest project measuring broadband speeds, the CRTC recently launched a separate proceeding to review basic telecommunications services in Canada, including the services that it says all consumers need to participate in the digital economy.