CIRA report: The gap between us: Perspectives on building a better online Canada

From https://cira.ca/gaps (10 recommendations below) Released June 13, 2018 The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared broadband internet as a basic service, paving the way to universal access of broadband internet. Given its prevalence in the lives of so many Canadians – where they work, play, connect socially and access many government services – CIRA reached[…]

Distributel and Eeyou Communications Network launch Broadband Service across Eeyou Istchee region

From https://www.distributel.ca/about-distributel/ultra-highspeedbroadband-service-arrivedinnorthernquebec/ Ultra-High Speed Broadband Service Has Arrived In Northern Quebec 12/06/18 Distributel and Eeyou Communications Network launch highly anticipated high speed Internet, home phone and TV services to 4,000 homes in Northern Quebec Montreal, June 12, 2018– Distributel Communications Limited and Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) today announced the arrival of high speed broadband Internet, home[…]

FMCC partners involved in new CIRA-funded research project

From https://mailchi.mp/cybera/iapuvwwjnk-468941?e=baf79bb0db Testing the Gaps in First Nations’ Internet Access In July 2004, the Assembly of First Nations passed a resolution directing “the government of Canada to honour its commitment to connect every community to broadband services by 2005.” But nearly a decade and a half later, many First Nations communities remain without any internet connectivity. This issue[…]

All 14 Nunavik communities to get cellphone, mobile service

From http://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674all_14_nunavik_communities_to_get_cellular_service/ Nunavik May 31, 2018 All 14 Nunavik communities to get cellphone, mobile service Service should be rolled out in three or four weeks SARAH ROGERS A Tamaani technician checks out some of the service providers’ equipment in Kuujjuaq during upgrades done in 2015 to implement 4G technology throughout the region. Starting next month, Tamaani and[…]

CRTC releases report – Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada

From https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2018/05/new-approaches-are-needed-to-maximize-opportunities-of-the-digital-era-says-crtc.html New approaches are needed to maximize opportunities of the digital era, says CRTC From: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission News release As consumption of audio and video content shifts to digital, all services should contribute to ensure a vibrant domestic market May 31, 2018 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) The CRTC[…]

THE PROTECTION OF NET NEUTRALITY IN CANADA Report from Standing Committee

THE PROTECTION OF NET NEUTRALITY IN CANADA Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics MAY 2018 FOR THE FULL REPORT visit http://www.ourcommons.ca/content/Committee/421/ETHI/Reports/RP9840575/421_ETHI_Rpt14_PDF/421_ETHI_Rpt14-e.pdf LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or[…]

WJBTN and KNET working with First Nations partners and Ontario gov’t to upgrade community networks

From https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/rural-and-northern-internet-service-gets-nearly-10m-boost-882253 Rural and northern Internet service gets nearly $10M boost Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation announces funding to improve Internet capacity in both rural Thunder Bay area and Far North communities like Fort Severn First Nation. by: Matt Vis Fort Severn First Nation Chief Paul Burke speaks at a Tuesday, April 3, 2018 news conference to[…]

New social enterprises working with Indigenous communities win financial support

Winners of the Ryerson / Google.org Impact Challenge announced this past week .. https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/canada2017 .. “10 IDEAS TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD, FASTER” .. Most of them have possible implications for Indigenous communities .. 1. The Arctic Eider Society Sea ice, or “siku”, is integral to the way of life of tens of thousands of Inuit living in[…]

Indigenous-led transmission project to connect 16 remote First Nations communities to provincial power grid

from https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2018/03/historic-indigenous-led-transmission-project-to-connect-16-remote-first-nations-communities-to-provincial-power-grid.html This construction project will include a First Nation owned fibre optic cable to support local community networks. Historic Indigenous-led transmission project to connect 16 remote First Nations communities to provincial power grid From Indigenous Services Canada March 22, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON – Department of Indigenous Services Canada Access to electricity is key to[…]

CRTC seeking data-only wireless plans and sets final wholesale roaming rates

From https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2018/03/crtc-continues-to-foster-investment-innovation-and-affordable-choice-in-the-wireless-market.html CRTC continues to foster investment, innovation and affordable choice in the wireless market News release From Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Seeks to make data-only wireless plans more widely available to Canadians and sets final wholesale roaming rates March 22, 2018 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) The CRTC today launched a[…]