May
25
2017

Summer residents, tourism operators can still test internet speeds

Summer residents and rural tourism operators can test their internet speeds in June as part of the provincial government’s efforts to improve Island-wide internet service.

The first phase of the speed test in April captured data from just over 4,300 households and businesses across the province. Phase two of the online internet speed test begins June 1 and stays open through the month at Internet Speed Test (beginning June 1).

“It is very important that we capture information from as many Islanders as possible, especially in rural parts of the province,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said. “This information will be invaluable as the province works with rural communities and internet service providers to assist in acquiring better internet for residents and businesses in rural Prince Edward Island.”

The data will help develop a province-wide map showing where speeds most need to be improved. It will also help identify the next steps government can take to help the rural communities of PEI acquire internet services where it is needed to use today's technology.

“Rural businesses and residents across the Island need better internet to fully participate in today’s world and carry out business activities,” Rural and Regional Development Minister Pat Murphy said. “It is absolutely essential that the province provide support where appropriate to ensure rural communities have the same opportunities as residents in urban areas where internet speeds are higher.”

Moving forward, the province will consider proposals from rural communities for support in acquiring improved internet service. The province will consider requests for funding and for co-location of wireless services on existing government towers.

In addition, communities should engage residents, all levels of government, and internet service providers to develop a comprehensive proposal that would bring better internet to a community that is underserved.

Media contact:
Andrew Sprague
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
902-368-5535
asgsprague@gov.pe.ca
 

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