Testing the gaps in First Nations’ Internet connectivity
Getting adequate access to internet continues to be an issue for First Nation communities. But the extent of this problem is still not fully known.
ConnectIN is evaluating the internet connectivity of First Nation communities in western Canada. Led by led by three First Nations regional technology organizations, its goal is to better assess gaps in infrastructure and services. The results will better inform policy that address these challenges.
How Will It Work?
- Small computing devices are installed in participating public builds
- These devices will record: GPS location, internet latency, internet speed, and the amount of traffic on the network
- The devices cannot see who is using the internet, or what websites are being visited.
What Will Be the Outcome?
- The project will run until February 28, 2020
- The results (and the methodology used) will be openly shared with the public
- Other communities wishing to deploy similar internet tests will be able to copy this methodology
- The data will clearly demonstrate where internet-building programs should focus
The project is led by representatives from the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, the First Nations Technology Council, and the First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group. Additional support is provided by Cybera and the University of Alberta.