CRTC Asks for Volunteers to Test Broadband Speeds

modemThe Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking volunteers to help test Internet speed across the country. The goal is to measure the performance of home broadband Internet services offered by various service providers, ten of whom are partnering in the project.

The telecom regulator says the results will tell Canadians their “actual connection speeds” and whether the services are “delivering speeds as advertised.” The CRTC also believes this data will help to improve its broadband policy-making, according to a recent news release.

The measurements will be taken by SamKnows, a company that specializes in broadband speeds. 6,200 volunteers will receive a device called a Whitebox that connects to their modem or router. It will periodically measure the speed of their Internet connection while not actively in use.

Carriers involved in the project are Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS Allstream, Northwestel, Rogers, Shaw, Telus and Videotron.

Robert Goodman, the senior director of Internet for Rogers Communications, thinks the CRTC project is “great news for consumers.”

“Canadians deserve the Internet speeds they pay for and more transparency means they can make more informed choices,” Goodman said in a statement.