Learn about the second phase of the CRTC/SamKnows Broadband Measurement Project. Measuring Broadband Canada is a multi-year broadband measurement project that was first launched by the CRTC in conjunction with SamKnows in May 2015. Shaw is currently in the process of replenishing its test panels to ensure we have sufficient sample sizes for testing. Beginning again in September 2017, we will deploy emails to customers on eligible Internet speed tiers to encourage them to participate in the program by signing up on the CRTC website.
For more information, please visit https://www.measuringbroadbandcanada.com/. This article will provide insight into:
Did You Know?
SamKnows is now in Phase 2, which means additional Internet service providers (in addition to all of those that participated last year) will be included in this year’s measurement project – namely Distributel, Nexicom, Primus, Teksavvy, VMedia, and Xplornet.
What is SamKnows?
How do they test networks? What is the Whitebox?
How will the speed information and data gathered through the Whitebox be used?
Is Shaw or SamKnows able to see a given participant’s Internet browser history?
What are the details of the CRTC’s testing?
Can Shaw customers participating in the CRTC testing see their Whitebox results?
What does this mean for our business?
Why is this only being done now?
Is Shaw required to participate?
What other ISPs are participating?
How do interested customers sign up for the project?
How will CRTC participants be selected?
How many participants will be selected?
Will the focus only be on Urban customers, or will it be a mix of Urban/Rural?
Will the CRTC be grading Shaw by overall national speeds or is it going to break down region by region results?
What happens after the rankings are published?
How long will the CRTC project run for?
How is the CRTC going to rank ISPs?
When will the rankings be published?
Data released by the CRTC is aggregate. Will Shaw commit to releasing more specific information regarding strength on a local level? If not, why?
How is this ranking different than the Google or Netflix rankings published in 2014?
Outside of SamKnows, do we use third-party software to measure our Internet speeds today? If so, where can customers find this information?
How will SamKnows results compare to speedtest.shaw.ca results?
When will customers have access to their data after setting up their white box?
Will the Whiteboxes used in the CRTC testing be different than the ones used in the SamKnows/Shaw testing started last year?
Will CRTC participants receive anything in exchange for participating?
What makes this project impartial?
Is Shaw able to access and potentially manipulate SamKnows data?
Will this information be used to help you decide where/when to upgrade the network?
What is Shaw doing now to improve the strength of their network in advance of SamKnows testing?
So, Internet in Canada is great then?
What did they mean by “almost” all broadband services? Which ones didn’t meet or exceed advertised speeds?
Do I have DSL through Shaw?
Which Internet delivery technologies were measured?
What was the time period for this report?
Which ISP’s participated in this initiative?
Will there be more reports coming from this initiative?