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Measure the health of Canada’s Internet and… win an awesome gaming rig?

Over the past couple months, our small team at OpenMedia has been helping get the word out on a big project designed to measure the health of Canada’s Internet: CIRA’s Internet Performance Tool. But today, our friends at CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) have partnered with NCIX, a major Canadian retailer of computer components, to bring you an awesome contest – and we thought you might want to know about it.

Since it’s summer, and everybody loves contests, your OpenMedia team is inviting Internet users in Canada to run an Internet Performance Test between July 16 and 23, and post the results on NCIX’s website to qualify for a chance to win a pretty badass gaming rig (an MSI GT72 Dominator Pro), or one of four state-of-the-art Asus RT-AC3200 routers, courtesy of the folks at NCIX.

All you need to do in advance is have Google’s Chrome browser installed (Why? Find out here!) and you’re off to the races. You can get full instructions on how to participate below:



And if you run into any troubles, or want to learn more, be sure to check out CIRA’s handy Internet Performance Tool FAQ section.

Again, all you have to do is take CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, screenshot the results, and upload it to NCIX’s website, where you can also find full contest details. Enter now while there’s still time before July 23rd.

While prizes are fun, there’s a really important purpose behind this. By using CIRA’s Internet Performance Tool, you’re helping create one of the largest and most innovative open source databases on Internet speed in the world – data that can then be used by researchers, policy-makers, and organizations like OpenMedia to help guarantee faster, cheaper Internet for 100% of Canada’s population.

As Chad Pidruchny says on Facebook:

I live an hour north of Winnipeg, 10 mins from Winnipeg Beach, and 15 mins from Teulon and can;t get high speed..BUT have a fiber optic cable running past my house 2 kms away..

Put simply - If we can get more Canadians engaged in measuring the health of Canada’s Internet, and then use that data to advocate for world-class, affordable, Internet access, we have a way better shot of building the web we want together.

And at the end of the day, that means faster cheaper Internet for all Canadians.

So, take the test, enter the contest, and while you’re waiting to find out if you’re the big winner, be sure to speak out for faster cheaper Internet at


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