Rural Internet Tips

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Highspeed 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.

County of Barrhead Broadband
In 2022, County of Barrhead has partnered with MCSnet to extend 58km of broadband fiber in the County.  Read more about this project here!

Internet Speed Tests
From 2020-2022, Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) has conducted public-led Internet Speed Tests throughout rural Alberta, in partnership with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). 
This study closed October 2022, and concluded that rural Albertans experience much lower internet speeds than the 50/10 Mbps goal of the federal government.  Read the final report from the study here.  Information found through this study will inform RMA's new data-driven positions and further assist in advocacy for rural Alberta.  


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 Connecting Families  FAQ.