Internet

Internet access today

High-speed internet access is essential in everyday life, whether it’s required for work, education, business or everyday life.

Access to reliable high-speed internet continues to be inadequate for residents and businesses across the County. Many parts of the County do not meet the new high-speed internet requirements established in the CRTC broadband coverage guidelines.

A strong need remains for improved broadband (higher speed internet) quality of service, specifically throughout the rural area, as well as within much of our commercial and industrial areas, both existing and new. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that quality high-speed internet service is available to everyone, everywhere throughout Strathcona County.

Broadband Survey results

In 2020, Strathcona County surveyed residents and businesses asking for input to help us better understand the current state of high-speed internet services throughout the community, and identify potential solutions to improve broadband services.

Overview of survey results:

  • The vast majority of residents and businesses see broadband internet as critically important.
  • The vast majority of residents and businesses, both urban and rural, are not satisfied with the speed of their services, or with the cost of the services they receive.
  • Almost all residents and businesses want to see Strathcona County actively involved in improving internet services.

View the survey reports:

Broadband Survey results - residents

Broadband Survey results - businesses

Community Broadband

Strathcona County Council approved the Community Broadband project to explore, validate and implement recommendations for rural and commercial/industrial service areas defined in the broadband strategy report.

The options being explored will primarily address high-speed internet needs for two areas:

  • rural
  • commercial/industrial

Timeline

2021

Q1/Q2

  • Selection of business partner(s) through RFP
  • Bylaw and policy development
  • Explore grant opportunities

Q3/Q4

  • Determine which option(s) or actions the County will adopt to achieve its goal of improving high-speed internet access, specific to the rural area and commercial/industrial areas.
  • Seek Council approval for funding to proceed with proposed broadband service initiative actions for 2022.

Background

2015-2018: Strathcona County Rural Internet Access Program increases high-speed internet access in rural areas, with the County partnering with internet service providers (ISPs) to install and/or upgrade internet towers.

2019-2020: An Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) report outlines the importance of broadband in the greater Edmonton region.

Internet tower locations

See the list of rural internet tower locations and internet service providers offering service to rural Strathcona County.

Find a free wi-fi connection

Free high-speed internet access is available at all community halls in the County.

High-speed internet test

Take the high-speed test

All residents are invited to take the high-speed internet test, and to take it at different times of day. It’s easy to do from your home device and it only takes a few minutes! The test provides valuable data to show where the real-time issues are when it comes to accessing quality high-speed internet in Strathcona County. You can compare your results with your neighbours and see how internet speeds are not the same for everyone.

The test is administered by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), a non-profit organization that develops and implements policies that support Canada’s internet community. The data is collected and aggregated into a dataset.

Take the high speed internet test now

FAQs

Internet frequently asked questions

Further information
Phone: 587-334-0950
Email: broadband@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Friday, April 16, 2021
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