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Help Bring High Speed Internet to the MD

The Rural Municipalities of Alberta has teamed up with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to collect real-world internet speed data from rural Alberta.

The RMA will use this data to tell the government and other decision-makers what internet service is actually like for rural Albertans. But they need your help.

Unpacking the Issues

High speed internet has become a necessity for school, business, service delivery, public information, and social interaction. In fact, the Government of Canada declared high speed internet as an essential service back in 2016, outlining minimum targets of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed and 10 Mbps upload speed for all Canadians.

And yet, many Albertans living outside of major urban centres have speeds nowhere near those standards. Unfortunately, decision-makers aren’t able to get the true story of internet speeds in rural Alberta. This is partially due to a lack of data on real-world internet speeds. In fact, much of the data that is available shows speeds at much higher levels than most rural residents actually have access to.

How You Can Help

Complete the speed test at: RMAlberta.com/speed-test. The process should only take you a few minutes, and instructions are available on the webpage. Please share the speed test link with your family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues. The more real-world data collected, the clearer and stronger the message.

About the Rural Municipalities of Alberta

The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is an association of counties, municipal districts, and other municipalities throughout the province. One of their core roles is to bring the voice of rural Alberta to provincial and national decision-makers. They’re not new to this, either. In fact, they’ve been representing rural Alberta since 1909.

Learn more about RMA and what they do at: RMAlberta.com.

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Main Office: Box 722 - 3000, 15th Ave SE, Slave Lake, AB
T:780.849.4888  F:1.866.449.4888
Sub-office: 660061 Range Road 20, Flatbush, AB
T:780.681.3929  F:1.866.681.3929




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