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COVID-19 accelerating rural/urban connectivity divide: CIRA

telecom | 05/08/2020 5:49 pm EDT

Rural home internet speeds during the first full month where Canadians shifted to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic were almost 12 times slower than the median speed for urban Canadians, according to speed test analysis conducted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.  According to results of the CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, performed on 3,280 rural homes and 13,876 urban ones during April, the median home internet download speed in rural Canada decreased to 3.78 Mbps, while the median speed in urban Canada increased to 44.09 Mbps, 11.7 times faster.  The...