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How fast is your internet? Wellington County wants to know

Residents are encouraged to participate in an internet performance test to help providers identify where future infrastructure is needed
Speed test rates mapped across Wellington County. The colour scale runs from 0 Mbps or poor (red) to 50 Mbps or good (blue).

WELLINGTON COUNTY ‒ County staff want to know how fast your internet is. 

According to County Coun. Diane Ballantyne, county residents are currently encouraged to participate in an internet performance test- one of the first steps in improving rural broadband and ensuring internet providers can identify where future infrastructure is needed. 

Of the 11,160 tests run across Wellington County, the average download speed is 35.48 Mbps. 

"Many rural areas continue to struggle with reliable internet service and part of that is because our connectivity maps are not accurate," said Ballantyne during her delegation to Centre Wellington council Monday. "So all levels of government are working to support increased broadband, but we really need to understand where the gaps are." 

Across the seven municipalities, Minto currently has the slowest recorded speed at 16.65 Mbps. 

Centre Wellington, Guelph/Eramosa, and Puslinch currently have the fastest rates at 51.04, 39.55, and 46 Mbps,

Erin, Wellington North, and Mapleton have moderate rates at 23.51, 28.28, and 27.75 Mbps. 

The test is available here or on the county website under Business - Current Initiatives - Internet in Wellington County

Isabel Buckmaster is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for GuelphToday. LJI is a federally-funded program.

About the Author: Isabel Buckmaster, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Isabel Buckmaster covers Wellington County under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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