Take the Internet Performance Test
Help us improve Internet service Lunenburg County!
We’re mapping actual Internet speeds across Lunenburg County with the Internet Performance Test. The test takes less than 30 seconds to complete, and we want every resident in Lunenburg County to take the test before September 28, 2018.
Visit https://performance.cira.ca/SouthShore and click on the “START” button.
You can take the test as often as possible, as results vary over time.
No Internet as your residence? You can go to a connected facility (such as the public library, or a friend or family member’s home), visit https://performance.cira.ca/SouthShore and click on “If you wish to inform us of a location without internet access, click here.” You’ll be able to move the Map Pin to your location and submit your information.
1. Go to the Online Test while at your business or residence using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, click on https://performance.cira.ca/southshore
Important click “Yes” if asked to share your location. This will pin your location on the map.
Important please DO NOT enter the postal code. (This feature is being removed and impedes the accuracy of the test.
2. Click the blue START button on the top right of your screen.
3. Test Complete. Your upload and download speeds will be displayed, and your results added to the real-time map.
4. Share with your friends! The more tests we get, the better the results will be and the more likely our funding applications to improve broadband internet will be successful.
Note: If the test doesn’t completely run that means that your Internet connection performance is poor and having problems. This is also good information and your experience will be included in the results.
Internet in the Municipality
Access to high-speed internet is of critical importance to the Municipality, and a key priority for our Council. Our citizens need reliable Internet access for educational purposes, for accessing government services, for operating businesses and for quality of life.
On June 26, 2018 Council approved the Municipal Internet Connectivity Strategy . This strategy will guide funding and project decisions related to Internet within the Municipality, and will see MODL invest up to $500,000 in Internet projects each year, together with provincial, federal and ISP partners.
Projects to Date
The Municipality has taken advantage of opportunities to improve services:
- Applied for and received $75,000 from the provincial government for a pilot project to construct a fixed wireless internet service in the Sweetland area. More than 80 residents are now connected to this tower, and we have gained a great deal of knowledge from this project.
- Partnered with the Province and EastLink and received Connect to Innovate funding, which will see the Municipality invest up to $246,800 in internet infrastructure.
- The Municipality also provided letters of support for two additional project applications made by other ISPs.
- On May 11, the Federal government announced an investment of approximately $1.48 million in the Municipality. The Government of Canada is helping the communities of Baker Settlement, Hemford, Hemford Forest, Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg in Nova Scotia get online with new or improved high-speed Internet. The Municipality will invest up to $246,800 in internet infrastructure in the work being done in Baker Settlement, Hemford and Hemford Forest. The work being done in Petite Riviere, Feltzen South, Bayport and Kingsburg will be solely funded by the Government of Canada and EastLink
- The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is partnering with TNC Wireless and the Federal Government to bring a new uncapped fixed wireless Internet solution to the northern areas of the Municipality. The new service will see nine 40-metre tower sites in the communities of Newcombville, Chelsea, Elmwood, Union Square, Walden, Nineveh, North River, Parkdale and Butler Lake. The project is expected to take three years to complete, with between two and six towers being operational by the end of 2019. Of the $2.15 million total program cost, the Municipality is contributing up to $193,000, with the Federal Government and TNC Wireless Ltd. providing the rest of the investment. As the project progresses, TNC Wireless will post a coverage map and construction information on their website at http://www.tncwireless.ca/.
We have created a map to identify key internet infrastructure within the Municipality. 2017 Internet Map
Orange designates no high-speed internet
Blue designates Bell Fibre
Green designates Eastlink Fibre/coaxial
Sweetland Pilot Project
Looking to sign up for the Sweetland project? Visit www.novascotiahighspeedinternet.com and click on the Sign Up button.
As part of the research undertaken for the development of the Municipality's Internet Strategy, we partnered with the Municipality of Chester and the Region of Queens to commission a report from iValley on the feasibility of an Internet solution. This report is now available , and has been reviewed by all Councils involved. We also reviewed the provincial government's middle and last mile strategies, lessons we learned from the Sweetland Pilot Project, and community engagement and presentations.
An Options Report was debated at the May 15 Policy & Strategy Committee meeting, and from that discussion, a final Internet Connectivity Strategy was developed and presented to Council on June 26, 2018.