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[…]

Network operator, solar company partner to bring internet to First Nation communities

From http://ottawacitizen.com/telecom/network-operator-solar-company-partner-to-bring-internet-to-first-nation-communities/wcm/94ae6aa2-835c-44fa-aa89-a976b11d48c5 Network operator, solar company partner to bring internet to First Nation communities About 3 per cent of Canada’s 14.1 million households (roughly 423,000 homes) didn’t have access to broadband at the end of 2016 EMILY JACKSON Ottawa Citizen Published on: March 15, 2018 | Last Updated: March 15, 2018 6:20 PM EDT WireIE Holdings[…]

ISED gives telecom industry millions to develop 5G-enabled technologies along Ontario-Quebec “corridor”

New Canadian partnership in next-generation wireless technology News release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Industry-led partnership with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec to develop 5G-enabled technologies March 19, 2018 – Ottawa ON Imagine a world where you start off the day right because your refrigerator has tracked how much food you have and[…]

ISED funds telecom infrastructure to reach rural and remote Indigenous communities in Alberta

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/03/rural-and-remote-communities-in-alberta-will-benefit-from-faster-internet.html Rural and remote communities in Alberta will benefit from faster Internet News release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Residents in 39 communities to get access to new or faster Internet through $22.5-million investment March 15, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta Internet access serves as more than just a convenience; it is an essential means by[…]

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[…]