Does your house have the fastest internet on the block? Do you need to hit the Second Cup in Streetsville just to load a YouTube video? Do you find yourself scheduling unnecessary oil changes at your car dealership just so you can download a big file using their ultra-fast Wi-Fi?
Now's your chance to complain (or brag) about your internet to someone who will actually listen.
The City of Mississauga and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) are asking for residents’ help as they launch a six-month pilot to test Internet performance around the city.
Residents and businesses can test the speed and quality of their Internet connections using an Internet browser on any computer or mobile device at https://performance.cira.ca/Mississauga. Just put in your postal code and click the start button. It's that easy.
Just below the test on the same page, there's a very cool "heat map" of internet tests all over the city, which you can break out either by individual test or by ward. Currently, Ward 4 is in the lead with the fastest internet in the city, with Ward 1 being the slowest. This report only takes into account the speeds from people who have actually taken the speed test at the link above, so if you feel that your neighbourhood's test results don't reflect your true speeds (Lakeview friends with Gigabit internet, we're looking at you), take the test!
“Studying our Internet performance will help improve the City’s ability to deliver programs and services through technology,” said Shawn Slack, Director of Information Technology for the City of Mississauga. “Reliable Internet service is crucial to the services residents depend on every day. Everyone can help measure the quality of Internet service in Mississauga. It only takes a few minutes.”
This pilot supports Mississauga’s IT Master Plan by ensuring the city has fast, dependable Internet service to meet the city’s technology demands now and for the future.
“Having consistently high quality Internet services across the city is a key element to continuing to provide reliable, two-way communications with citizens,” says Ivana Di Millo, Director of Communications.
Di Millo added that with more than 34,000 subscribers to the Corporate eNewsletter, over 27,000 self-service online and mobile interactions, more than 15 million website visits, 91,000 followers on Twitter and 73,000 likes on Facebook in 2016, ensuring citizens have a strong digital connection to the City of Mississauga is critical.
CIRA’s Internet performance test is built on the globally recognized M-Labs testing technology, with test nodes across the country. The test operates independently from any major Internet service provider network, ensuring unbiased measurements and data.
Find out more about CIRA’s national Internet performance testing program at https://cira.ca/performance.
To learn more about Mississauga’s Internet performance test, visit mississauga.ca. For more information about your Internet service, please contact your Internet Service Provider.
Don't forget to take the test at https://performance.cira.ca/Mississauga.