We should all live in a place with such ISP rivalry. "Putting this kind of unexpected and retroactive tax on capital investment is not the way to ensure the continued development of Canada's internet infrastructure," said Bell chief operating officer Mirko Bibic in a statement. Bell Canada says it will cut roughly 200,000 households from a rural internet expansion program after a federal regulator lowered wholesale broadband prices that major telecom companies can charge smaller internet providers. Use our TV Package Optimizer to select all of your "must-have" channels.

Rogers Communication said it was disappointed by the CRTC's ruling and it was reviewing all future investment in rural and remote communities in light of the $140-million charge expected by the decision. The competition in the Atlantic provinces appears to be fierce for fastness. None of them could eek into the list this year. He said rural internet expansion, which is already subsidized by the government, isn't really related to the CRTC decision last week to set lower broadband wholesale rates. "It bugs the hell out of me that they can hold rural people hostage, or pretend that they are, by saying, 'Oh, now we're not going to invest.'".

Counting morer than 2 million users, Bell Canada is the clear winner of the major ISPs category. To create this story we used results from 43,552 tests taken between June 1, 2018, and June 17, 2019, all using our PCMag Speed Test. In fact, many are so far down, they barely register. Rogers, Bell and Telus: All three carriers offer a fixed amount of high speed 4G-LTE data.

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And while it did once again make a significant stride upward in it's PCMag Speed Index score, going from 87.9 to 110.9, it wasn't enough. According to last year's Canada's Internet Factbook, 86 percent of Canadians have broadband at home, and over 85 percent are more than satisfied with the speed they get. Results are only shown for ISPs or locations (or ISPs in specific locations) that had at least 100 tests. Those that do make the cut either really embraced our test, or have a growing audience. We don't get enough response from the low-population northern territories to include in our story, ever. He said the company will still make profits by selling infrastructure access to smaller providers, and could still afford to continue the high-speed expansion to less profitable rural areas.

The battle for the top spot in Canada usually boils down to two companies: cable provider Rogers, and Bell Canada. The Montreal-based company said Monday the final rates set last week by the CRTC will cost it more than $100 million, with the bulk of the sum going to cover the retroactively lower rates. He said the CRTC didn't give a discount to independent service providers, it just corrected a price that had been too high based on the regulator's criteria.

A Competition Bureau study released in early August found CRTC rules that allow smaller providers to buy access to networks have created more choice for consumers and increased competition, though rural and remote customers have fewer options.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Manitoba doesn't look it, but it also went up, albeit only about five points, to a PCMag Speed Index rating of 49.9.

That's a pretty amazing jump for Aliant, which last year at 88.0 was behind parent company Bell Canada. © 1996-2020 Ziff Davis, LLC. The darker red indicates faster speeds above; hold your cursor over a province to see it's PCMag Speed Index rating. That village's combo of customers from Telus and Shaw with fast connections make it a worthy spot, if you want to live among only a couple thousand people slightly south of Calgary.

PCMag, PCMag.com and PC Magazine are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission. Aliant's speeds are something to behold, and worth considering a move to the far east coast if your internet speed is paramount. While the fight with Rogers for the top spot is constant, it is clearly Bell Canada's fight to lose.

Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Yet perhaps the people living in Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories are doing something more stimulating than shopping at Amazon.ca. "If they dug a little deeper in their pockets they could keep those marginal people on if they really believed in rural areas, but they don't. The study found 90 per cent of all customers were generally satisfied with their internet provider, while customers of independent providers were more likely to be very satisfied. "It seems like they're trying to put the blame on not being able to charge the excessively high prices that they had been.". This was the second-lowest of any of the provinces, only ahead of Manitoba's 49.9 PSI.

No idea what Rogers is like, but with Bell I typically get … Bell's decision to cut back spending is a political move designed to play on fears, said John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

We also, once again, don't have enough response from Prince Edward Island, the only one of the 10 provinces for which we don't have data.

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The company had expanded the program from an initial target of 800,000 households following a federal government incentive program. Bell Canada says it will cut about 200,000 rural households from a broadband internet build-out to offset the impact of a regulatory change that lowers the wholesale broadband rate it can charge smaller providers.

Unlike with our US results, we don't get as much response from users of small, ultra-fast ISPs.

But Aliant's customers are certainly the happiest in the land, with a speed index of 134.8 that can't be beat.

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. The only province with a net loss in speed is Québec, which had a 97.3 PSI in 2018, but dropped to a 65.7 this year. Take a look at the fastest ISPs in the country this year, and we'll fill you in on the rest below. This year, the best is across the St. Lawrence in the neighboring city of Lévis, which features an unparalled PSI of 413.1 thanks to a multitude of connections from Bell Canada's Fibe customers. Thus, we don't have enough of them with over 100 tests to include. The regulator requires that large telecom companies like Bell and Rogers sell access to their infrastructure to smaller internet providers as a way to improve competition and lower prices. "If Bell was counting on charging too high a price for these services to wholesale ISPs as a way to fund rural broadband, that doesn't make a lot of sense.". Bell's "Fibe" is only fiber to the neighborhood, phone line to the house. Last year the top ten cities for speed featured some of the biggest municipalities in the country, including Toronto, Edmonton, and the capital of Ottawa. That number makes it easy to perform an at-a-glance determination of exactly which ISP is the fastest, as well as make quick comparisons to results from previous years.

We take 80 percent of the download speed, 20 percent of the upload speed, and add those numbers to generate a PCMag Speed Index (PSI). The Competition Bureau said it was important to set wholesale rates at the right level to ensure there are still incentives for the major providers to invest in infrastructure, while also giving opportunities for smaller players. Last year, the fastest PCMag Speed Index came out of Québec City, with an excellent 371.7 PSI. The other ISP that beat Rogers this year now falls just barely into that "all ISPs" category, as Bell Aliant has under 500,000 subscribers.

You can see Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick leading the way. The two ISPs that beat it last year beat it again in 2019. That's a testament either to big companies moving into smaller suburbs, or small companies with fast fibre options increasing their customer base.

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