FMCC intervention in Northwestel’s request to CRTC for forbearance

The First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) filed the attached intervention letter concerning Northwestel’s application for forbearance concerning the delivery of broadband services in the Northwest Territories. We are sharing this document with everyone in the hope that it might be useful to you. If there are problems with the concerns we are raising about Northwestel[…]

CRTC denies an application by Ice Wireless Inc. for relief against Rogers

CRTC shuts down Sugar Mobile in big victory for Rogers, Big 3 ‘It’s a big blow’ to Canadian consumers, says Sugar Mobile president Samer Bishay By Aaron Saltzman, Mar 01, 2017 – From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/sugar-mobile-rogers-telus-bell-cellphone-crtc-1.4004569 Sugar Mobile has been offering cellphone plans for as low as $19 a month. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) The CRTC has ordered Sugar Mobile, an upstart[…]

Closing Infrastructure Gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal Communities

From Conference Board report web site New Procurement and Financing Approaches Needed to Close Infrastructure Gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal Communities Ottawa, February 6, 2017—A long list of infrastructure concerns in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities needs to be addressed, from poor access to basic amenities such as clean water, sewage treatment, and waste[…]

When it comes to internet access, small towns might be better off without the big telcos

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/rural-internet-access-1.3969175 When it comes to internet access, small towns might be better off without the big telcos The real push to get all Canadians equal online access is coming from right inside their own communities By Ramona Pringle, for CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET[…]

Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities

From https://www.fcm.ca/Documents/issues/FCM_2017_North_SeizingTheMoment_EN.pdf Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommendations for federal budget 2017 With unprecedented long-term infrastructure investment promised and poised to be committed, the upcoming federal budget has the potential to transform this country. To unlock that potential, this investment must benefit Canadians from coast to coast to[…]

Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 continues to promote regional IT development

From http://www.vanhorneinstitute.com/event/digital-futures-alberta-2017/ Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 March 16 @ 8:30 am – March 17 @ 3:30 pm Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 is the seventh Digital Futures symposium and the first to be held in Cochrane, Alberta. 2017 promises to be a busy year in broadband across Alberta. Provincially work continues on a diverse range of local[…]

Getting involved in the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017

FMCC members, Susan O’Donnell and Brian Beaton, met via Skye on Jan 31, with Vladimir Stankovic who is with the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) program at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva. Vladimir is encouraging everyone to become involved in the WSIS process. His invitation reads: Please look into www.wsis.org/prizes and start submitting your[…]

Rural Canada continues to face broadband challenges after years of gov’t & regulatory promises

From http://www.grainews.ca/2017/01/25/new-internet-plan-same-problems/ New Internet plan, same problems By Leeann Minogue,Editor Published: January 25, 2017 If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I live on a farm in southeast Saskatchewan where our Internet access is not exactly stellar. I’ve written in these pages that the Internet has become a basic service — something we absolutely need[…]

Broadband: the essential utility – Intelligent Community Forum Canada report

From http://www.icf-canada.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Broadband-the-Essential-Utility.pdf Guiding Principles of Broadband Internet An Internet connection must support these guiding principles to be designated “broadband,” (see  “Endnotes” for technical  specifications  that  underpin  guiding  principles).  The Internet connection must be: Standards  Based Architecture:  The  system  will  interoperate  with  all  other  systems  and  is  easy  to support. Highly Available and Scalable: The network connection is available at any moment in time,  wherever users, places or things need it, any time they need it, and the system can scale in capacity  to all  sessions  and  applications  dynamically  without  significant  additional  capital  outlays  or  system  delays. Symmetrical: the bandwidth (information carrying capacity) of the network connection is  symmetrical. This means the speed and  capacity  of  data  download  and  upload  are  equal.   Symmetry[…]