44 remote & rural First Nations to get faster internet in B.C. – fund announcement

Rural and remote communities in coastal British Columbia will benefit from faster internet News Release, Vancouver Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Through a combined investment of $45.4 million, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of British Columbia, is bringing new or improved high-speed internet to 154 rural and remote communities, enabling residents to get[…]

First Nations in Manitoba building community-owned fibre networks

From ISED News Release More than 100 rural communities in Manitoba will benefit from faster Internet $83.9 million will improve high-speed Internet coverage in the province, allowing residents to get online faster January 9, 2018 – Winnipeg, Manitoba The Government of Canada is helping close the connectivity gap in Manitoba through a combined investment of $83.9 million[…]

University of Vienna doctoral thesis: Indigenizing the Internet highlight KO-KNET work in remote First Nations

From Philipp Budka’s web site at http://www.philbu.net/projects.html Philipp’s dissertation project at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna investigated the creation, development, and utilization of broadband internet infrastructures, technologies, and services by indigenous people and communities in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. (Budka, P. (2017). Indigenizing the Internet: Socio-technical change, technology appropriation and digital practices in remote First Nation[…]

FMCC files comments to CRTC (2017-359) on Future Programming Distribution Models

On Friday, December 1, 2017, FMCC filed our comments on the Future Programming Distribution Models with the CRTC. The CRTC put out this Call for Comments in response to the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models to be presented before June 1, 2018 (https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-359.htm and https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2017/2017-359-1.htm). FMCC’s submission is available for[…]

Nunavik to get cellular service in 2018 & begin phased fibre roll-out

From http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavik_to_get_cellular_service_in_2018/ Nunavik to get cellular service in 2018 Regional government will embark on first phase of fibre optic roll-out next year SARAH ROGERS The first phase of the KRG’s upcoming plans to deliver higher-speed Internet to Nunavik includes a combination of technologies, including fibre optic along some Hudson coast communities, a microwave tower link connecting[…]

Internet as an act of reconciliation – article by Mark Buell

From http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/11/17/internet-act-reconciliation/126066?platform=hootsuite Internet as an act of reconciliation The internet is a powerful tool for change, but we can’t meaningfully move forward as a country if anyone is left behind. Mark Buell writes that Internet access is still characterized by high costs, low speeds, data caps, and poor or non-existent service in many rural and remote[…]

Public funds for Bell Canada to build their fibre network into rural First Nations

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2017/10/bridging_the_digitaldivideinsixnorthwesternontariocommunities.html Bridging the digital divide in six northwestern Ontario communities News Release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Over $4 million from the Government of Canada will improve high-speed Internet coverage from Stratton to Kejick October 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Canadians in six northwestern Ontario communities will[…]

Matawa First Nations get $69.2M to build First Mile fibre-to-the-home network

Thursday, October 5, 2017 MATAWA FIRST NATIONS WELCOME REQUIRED FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL INVESTMENTS TO PROCEED WITH A STATE OF THE ART FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today welcomed funding commitments to assist in bringing state of the art fibre-to-the-home high-speed broadband to internet dead spots in 5 fly-in/remote First Nations[…]

Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/indigenous-communities-map-1.4169515 Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps More than 3,000 Indigenous lands have been added to Google maps and Google Earth as of today By Karen Pauls, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:00 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017 4:34 AM CT Steve DeRoy worked with Google Canada as a researcher and[…]

CRTC puts an end to locked cellphones and unlocking fees ..

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638 CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, clarifies ‘family’ plan rules Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:35PM EDT OTTAWA — Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.[…]