Not that Bell Canada can afford to rest on its maple-leaf laurels. All the rest, big or small, we'll measure in a separate chart as long as they had at least 100 tests provided by our readers using the PCMag Speed Test. Keep an eye on your inbox! We should all live in a place with such ISP rivalry. © 1996-2020 Ziff Davis, LLC.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. You can see Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick leading the way. The other ISP that beat Rogers this year now falls just barely into that "all ISPs" category, as Bell Aliant has under 500,000 subscribers.

Bell's decision to cut back spending is a political move designed to play on fears, said John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Bell scales back rural internet plans after CRTC decision on rates, It's a Canadian thing: Why big phone companies still dominate internet services amid cheaper options, CRTC could allow access to Big 3 wireless networks for small competitors, CRTC lowers wholesale broadband rates to boost competition among providers, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Also, our data doesn't even differentiate Bell Canada's different offerings from fibre down to DSL copper connections—yet still, with a potential mix of fast and slow connections, they beat the rest. Manitoba doesn't look it, but it also went up, albeit only about five points, to a PCMag Speed Index rating of 49.9. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. And while it did once again make a significant stride upward in it's PCMag Speed Index score, going from 87.9 to 110.9, it wasn't enough. That number makes it easy to perform an at-a-glance determination of exactly which ISP is the fastest, as well as make quick comparisons to results from previous years. The darker red indicates faster speeds above; hold your cursor over a province to see it's PCMag Speed Index rating. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). "It bugs the hell out of me that they can hold rural people hostage, or pretend that they are, by saying, 'Oh, now we're not going to invest.'". This is all very impressive, considering that Bell Canada was only in sixth place on this list back in 2017. The company had expanded the program from an initial target of 800,000 households following a federal government incentive program. Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem.

According to last year's Canada's Internet Factbook, 86 percent of Canadians have broadband at home, and over 85 percent are more than satisfied with the speed they get.

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The competition in the Atlantic provinces appears to be fierce for fastness. Sign up for What's New Now to get our top stories delivered to your inbox every morning.

Bell's "Fibe" is only fiber to the neighborhood, phone line to the house. The regulator requires that large telecom companies like Bell and Rogers sell access to their infrastructure to smaller internet providers as a way to improve competition and lower prices. So it's more accurate to say phone line vs. TV cable. So is Toronto-based Carry Telecom, aka Carrytel (though the latter made a brief appearance in our Best Gaming ISPs of 2019-Canada feature). If your ISP is missing from our results, go run a PCMag Speed Test today. Aliant's speeds are something to behold, and worth considering a move to the far east coast if your internet speed is paramount.

The company said that in response, it will cut back by 20 per cent on a rural internet program designed to provide wireless internet access to homes that are hard to reach by fibre or traditional cable access. To create this story we used results from 43,552 tests taken between June 1, 2018, and June 17, 2019, all using our PCMag Speed Test. We'll include your tests in future versions of the Fastest ISPs in Canada. For instance, new to the list this year in fifth place is Communicate Freely, a small locally owned fibre ISP in Port Perry, Ontario. "Putting this kind of unexpected and retroactive tax on capital investment is not the way to ensure the continued development of Canada's internet infrastructure," said Bell chief operating officer Mirko Bibic in a statement. That village's combo of customers from Telus and Shaw with fast connections make it a worthy spot, if you want to live among only a couple thousand people slightly south of Calgary.

Bell Canada says it will cut roughly 200,000 households from a rural internet expansion program after a federal regulator lowered wholesale broadband prices that major telecom companies can charge smaller internet providers. In fact, many are so far down, they barely register.

This is the first year we're doing something for our Canadian results that we've done for a long while with the US Fastest ISP results: we're splitting them. (For more, read the full methodology in Fastest ISPs of 2019: United States.). Compare Bell and Rogers TV Packages and Pricing TV Package Optimizer.

Your subscription has been confirmed. Rogers clung to the top spot for the most part through 2017. This year, the best is across the St. Lawrence in the neighboring city of Lévis, which features an unparalled PSI of 413.1 thanks to a multitude of connections from Bell Canada's Fibe customers. PCMag Digital Group. The fastest cities change frequently, but it is a good indicator of where the top ISPs are building the best infrastructure to keep customers happy. While using your monthly allotment you'll get download speeds of around 150 Mbps in most urban centres with average downloads around 41-57 Mbps (according to OpenSignal).

Comments are welcome while open. They're using them as a pawn, so that's why it's sickening to me.". Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. None of them could eek into the list this year. The study found 90 per cent of all customers were generally satisfied with their internet provider, while customers of independent providers were more likely to be very satisfied. After years of review, the CRTC set final wholesale rates last week that were up to 77 per cent lower than the interim rates set in 2016. That's a testament either to big companies moving into smaller suburbs, or small companies with fast fibre options increasing their customer base.

Rogers Communication said it was disappointed by the CRTC's ruling and it was reviewing all future investment in rural and remote communities in light of the $140-million charge expected by the decision. Counting morer than 2 million users, Bell Canada is the clear winner of the major ISPs category. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. This was the second-lowest of any of the provinces, only ahead of Manitoba's 49.9 PSI.

Much of this list is occupied by the same major ISPs you see in the first chart. But Aliant's customers are certainly the happiest in the land, with a speed index of 134.8 that can't be beat. As we've seen in previous years, the list is still mainly towns in Ontario and Quebec. A Competition Bureau study released in early August found CRTC rules that allow smaller providers to buy access to networks have created more choice for consumers and increased competition, though rural and remote customers have fewer options. The Montreal-based company said Monday the final rates set last week by the CRTC will cost it more than $100 million, with the bulk of the sum going to cover the retroactively lower rates. Last year the top ten cities for speed featured some of the biggest municipalities in the country, including Toronto, Edmonton, and the capital of Ottawa. Use our TV Package Optimizer to select all of your "must-have" channels. No idea what Rogers is like, but with Bell I typically get … While the fight with Rogers for the top spot is constant, it is clearly Bell Canada's fight to lose. "If they dug a little deeper in their pockets they could keep those marginal people on if they really believed in rural areas, but they don't. The two ISPs that beat it last year beat it again in 2019. Note: we don't have enough tests to show any individual ISP in Newfoundland and Labrador, despite having the best aggregate PCMag Speed Index ratings. Unlike with our US results, we don't get as much response from users of small, ultra-fast ISPs. https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-fastest-isps-of-2019-canada, Eric has been writing about tech for 28 years. Rogers, Bell and Telus: All three carriers offer a fixed amount of high speed 4G-LTE data. The display of third-party trademarks and trade names on this site does not necessarily indicate any affiliation or the endorsement of PCMag.

We look at the average throughput up and down, recorded in kilobits per second, which we divide by 1,000 to get to Megabits per second, or Mbps. Yet perhaps the people living in Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories are doing something more stimulating than shopping at Amazon.ca. ALL ISPs Bell Aliant Aliant is all about the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, providing service there even as it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Canada itself. That said, it's interesting to see the scores available in the other nine. While both certainly benefit from a major Bell Aliant customer base, our tests show plenty of high-speed connections from Rogers there as well that contribute to higher scores. The rest of the major ISPs saw increases in their score with the exception of Videotron, which went down about five points, and Cogeco, which dropped a half point. You can get a good look at the major ISPs in the country, which we define as those ISPs with over 500,000 subscribers. It probably eases Aliant's fears that its owner is the one most likely to do the beating next year, if that happens. We don't get enough response from the low-population northern territories to include in our story, ever. Take a look at the fastest ISPs in the country this year, and we'll fill you in on the rest below. We take 80 percent of the download speed, 20 percent of the upload speed, and add those numbers to generate a PCMag Speed Index (PSI).

We also, once again, don't have enough response from Prince Edward Island, the only one of the 10 provinces for which we don't have data.

The cut to rural service expansion seems to be based on a false premise, said Matt Stein, chair of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium and CEO of Distributel. Once you hit that data cap, Rogers, Bell … PCMag, PCMag.com and PC Magazine are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission.