How Does Your Internet Speed Stack Up?

The city and the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Registration Authority joined forces this week to launch the Internet Performance Test, for those who might be wondering is their “high-speed” Internet service is regularly stuck in a traffic jam. To participate in the test, go to I took the test and saw that my upload speed was pegged at 20 mbps (megabytes per second), and download speed was 26 mbps. As long as you don’t need to share your internet connection with a lot of people, 20 mbps is more than sufficient. The city will use the information gathered to come up with a clearer picture of the overall state of Internet service in the capital. Data on metrics such as speed can be “heat-mapped” to show exactly how different neighbourhoods stack up against each other and where problem areas exist. For example, the red dots on the map are generally slower readings, while blue represents the fastest internet speed areas. White would be a more average speed, like the one my home computer registered. – Steve 

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