Industry to use the same independent expert Rogers began using three years ago
TORONTO, May 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications announced today it is pleased the CRTC is launching Measuring Broadband Canada, a new independent testing program that gives Canadians real information on the performance of their Internet provider. The announcement follows the move by Rogers in 2012 to begin independent testing using global expert SamKnows, the same broadband testing firm announced by the CRTC today.
"This is great news for consumers," said Robert Goodman, Senior Director of Internet, Rogers Communications. "We urged our competitors to join us when we began independent testing three years ago so we're thrilled the CRTC is taking this step forward today. Canadians deserve the Internet speeds they pay for and more transparency means they can make more informed choices."
Over the past three years, Rogers has published four SamKnows reports that certify Rogers Internet speeds as consistently fast. The most recent testing report shows that ROGERS IGNITETM Internet packages deliver, on average, 100 per cent or more of the advertised download speeds, even during network rush hour (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.).
The CRTC's program will be similar to the testing SamKnows already does for Rogers. Results are based on data collected using a custom hardware device that continually monitors the quality of customers' home Internet connections. This methodology has also been used by national regulators in Brazil, Brunei, the European Commission, Mongolia, Singapore, the U.K., and the U.S.
Consumers interested in participating in Measuring Broadband Canada can visit http://www.measuringbroadbandcanada.com for more information.
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