Rural Internet Information

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Test the Speed of Your Internet Service
Highspeed rural internet is critical for economic development, engaging in the digital economy, and working and learning from home.  The Government of Canada has announced the goal of providing access to 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds to all Canadians by 2030.
Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is conducting internet speed testing, in partnership with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).  This information will allow RMA to demonstrate the current state of broadband in rural Alberta, and will be used in regards to advocacy for federal funding.  

Before you run a speed test, please review the internet speed testing protocol:
    1. Tests should be run using a computer – laptop or desktop.
    2. The computer should be connected to the modem or router with a direct cable connection, if possible.
    3. Running other applications or devices while executing tests will negatively affect test results.
    4. Ask others to stop using the internet (especially streaming) while running the test – the test should take less than a minute.
    5. Run multiple tests at different times of the day to help assess peak times and load results.

If you need more information on how to run the test, read the quick start guide.

 Affordable Home Internet for Low-Income Canadians

Low IncomeThe Government of Canada has launched the Connecting Families initiative through Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED).  This initiative aims to connect low-income Canadian families to affordable home internet, and relies on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to participate voluntarily, without government subsidy.

The Connecting Families initiative applies to low-income families who receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit, and low-income seniors who receive the maximum Guaranteed Income Supplement.  Eligible households will receive a letter from the Government of Canada that contains an access code to sign up for the initiative.

Participating ISPs will offer high-quality internet services of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds, with 200 GB of date usage for $20.00 per month.  This initiative is available until March 2027. 

For more information on this initiative, visit the Connecting Families  FAQ.