A map of broadband

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

About four years ago, when I was visiting my soon-to-be-wife at her home in the village of Wakefield, Quebec, I used to try to get some work done on the side using her internet connection. And boy it was slow -- painfully slow compared to what I was used to in Toronto. Now, thanks to a new government page, I can see why.

The federal government has posted its national broadband map, prepared from publicly available data, input from the provinces and territories and Canadian ISPs (internet service providers).

As the map shows, Wakefield has cable or DSL, but not both, and somewhere between 100 and 199 homes have no broadband availability -- so I think things have improved. It is hardly as unconnected as some places, particularly First Nation communities in northern regions, but somewhat surprisingly worse than northern communities like Val D'Or.

So, how does your region fare? Have a look.