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Help Surrey benchmark and improve Internet speed and connectivity

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February 9, 2017

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey is asking residents and businesses to test their Internet connection as a part of a pilot project to benchmark Internet performance in the city. The simple 30-second test is available on the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) website at performance.cira.ca/Surrey.

The project, which has been initiated via a partnership between the City of Surrey and CIRA, will measure the city’s overall level of Internet connectivity, including upload and download speeds. These benchmarks will be used to formulate industry standards, and will provide baseline measurements to assist policy makers, including Surrey’s local government, in setting goals and creating plans for growth and improvements.

“Surrey is committed to ensuring that residents, businesses and institutions have the high-speed broadband connectivity they need to support economic prosperity and enjoy a high quality of life,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Our commitment to high-speed broadband is a key driver in Surrey’s Smart Surrey Broadband Strategy.”

“We hope that residents and businesses will take this quick test to find out how their connectivity compares,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Investment & Innovation Committee. “In doing so, they will help us measure the city’s Internet performance, so that Surrey can plan ahead, thus supporting its position as a municipal leader in the digital economy.”

Internet connectivity, also known as “broadband”, is increasingly being accepted as the next essential utility alongside electricity and water, and has become vital for fostering economic growth. Benchmarking current performance therefore is important to establishing standards which will help to ensure that Surrey remains competitive with comparable cities, both regionally and internationally, as technology evolves.

Following the test, the user will be provided information about the performance of their own Internet connection, as well as whether their connection adheres to modern Internet standards. CIRA maps this information in real-time allowing residents to understand how their Internet performance compares to others in their community.

“Surrey has proven itself as a model of how digital technology can create economic growth and citizen engagement,” said Dave Chiswell, CIRA VP of Product Development. “The city is an excellent partner for CIRA as we work to create solutions to help equip Canadian cities for the future and we expect that we can learn a lot from how the city works to embed Internet-enabled solutions into the way it does business and the way the community connects.”

CIRA’s Internet Performance Test is built on the globally-recognized M-Labs testing technology, with test nodes across the country. The test operates independently from any major Internet Service Provider network, ensuring unbiased measurements and data.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services that help support its goal of building a better online Canada. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing ccTLDs, a high-performance global DNS network, and one of the world’s most advanced back-end registry solutions. CIRA helps to support the Canadian Internet community through investments in Internet Exchange Points, the Canada Internet Forum, and the CIRA Community Investment Program.

Surrey is a municipal leader in embracing digital technology for the betterment of its residents and businesses. The city was recognized two years in a row as one of the world’s top 7 intelligent communities by the New York-based Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

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For program information contact:

Terry Kohan
Manager, IT Infrastructure Services & Operations
City of Surrey
604-591-4478
TWKohan@surrey.ca

For media interviews contact:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
604-591-4519
OWLum@surrey.ca