How’s your internet speed? Here’s a chance to compare yours against the rest of Canada.

Because I’ve been burned a few times, I’m constantly checking my internet connection to make sure I’m getting the speed I’m paying for. So when the Canadian Internet Registration Authority released some data on Canadian internet speeds, I was all ears.

To get to the point, if you live in a rural area, you’re getting screwed. In April, download speeds in rural Canada were on average 12 times slower than what you’d find in a typical urban area. In fact, because of higher online traffic, rural speeds have dropped since the onset of COVID-19.

The median download speed in rural Canada was a barely-there 3.78 Mbps while in an urban area, it was 44.09 Mbps–which was actually an increase from before the days of the virus.

If you would like to test your speed, the CIRA’s Internet Performance Test is pretty cool.

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