Province begins testing internet speeds online
Slow internet service is affecting Kirk MacLeod’s business.
Even worse, the owner of Keir MacLeod Vinyl Siding in Pownal says the two businesses that rent space in his shop have no internet connection at all. The province is launching internet speed testing today aimed at discovering how many Islanders are in a similar situation to MacLeod’s.
“My current internet service provider says that it can’t provide faster service, and other ISPs coming into this area are backed up and haven’t yet been able to provide me service,” MacLeod said. “That makes it very hard for any of us to keep up in today’s fast-paced business world, so I’m really encouraged to see the province take an active role in acquiring improved services for business owners like me.”
To participate in the internet speed test, Islanders – especially in rural areas -- can take an online survey at Internet Speed Test where they can test the speed of their internet in their home or business. The data will be used to develop a province-wide map showing where speeds most need to be improved, which will help identify what steps should be taken to help rural Islanders acquire the reasonably priced service needed to use today’s technology.
“This speed test is the next step in our efforts to facilitate improved internet services, especially in rural parts of the province,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said. “Moving forward from here we will continue to engage rural community groups, municipalities and internet service providers to determine what role the province should play in acquiring faster internet services.”
The province has committed to considering proposals from communities and internet service providers that would use public land, public infrastructure or public funding to facilitate improved internet speeds in rural areas.
“I think the launch of this speed test, combined with the province’s plans to facilitate faster internet, is great news for rural Islanders,” Rural and Regional Development Minister Pat Murphy said. “Businesses, students and residents in rural Prince Edward Island need improved internet speed to be competitive, successful, and to fully participate in today’s digital world.”
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