Residents in the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions are being urged to try out a new online testing portal which is designed to test internet connection speeds.

The Regional Broadband Committee has been working to get a better understanding of current broadband services and to advocate for high-speed internet for residents and businesses within the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions.

The portal will provide specific data and give a much clearer picture of the true state of our current connectivity.

Residents can access the testing portal and run the performance test as many times as they would like and the Committee is hoping to see strong participation. “The more data we collect, the greater our understanding will be. We are hoping to see people from every geographic corner of the region participate,” says committee chair Rob Gay.

The data will also help to prioritize areas of need, and be useful in determining eligibility for federal and provincial connectivity granting programs.The online portal can be accessed at

Participants provide their location and hit start. The test takes less than two minutes to run- depending on your connectivity…

The Regional Broadband Committee was established in 2014 and includes elected officials from Regional District of Central Kootenay, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Ktunaxa Nation Council, Regional District of East Kootenay, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and Village of Valemount.