Northern remote communities partner with academics to test mobile mesh networking technology

From https://news.uoguelph.ca/2018/11/u-of-g-computer-scientists-part-of-2-13-million-project-to-improve-data-sharing-in-northern-remote-places/ U of G Computer Scientists Part of $2.13-Million Project to Improve Data Sharing in Northern, Remote Places Friday, November 2, 2018 Nic Durish It’s called Canada’s digital divide, one that University of Guelph researchers aim to help bridge. Improving communications, information-sharing and health and environmental monitoring through better mobile connectivity in Northern and remote[…]

ISED Connectivity in Rural and Remote Areas gets poor grades from Auditor General

From http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201811_01_e_43199.html 2018 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada to the Parliament of Canada Report 1—Connectivity in Rural and Remote Areas Table of Contents Introduction Background Rural and remote connectivity 1.1Accessibility to broadband high-speed Internet continues to lag behind for certain population groups in Canada, notably communities in rural and remote areas. This is despite[…]

Internet Society’s Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018 – Blog post

From https://www.newamerica.org/oti/blog/internet-societys-indigenous-connectivity-summit-2018/ Chris Ritzo produced this Blog Post highlighting FMCC and its partners after attending ISOC’s conference in Edmonton and Inuvik. Chris works with M-Lab and he delivered a passionate presentation about their work at the conference. Check it out at https://livestream.com/internetsociety/indigenet2018/videos/181775428 Internet Society’s Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018 BLOG POST Photo credit: Chris Ritzo. By  Chris Ritzo[…]

CRTC invites Canadians to share their views on the creation of an Internet Code

From https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/code.htm Internet Code: have your say! The CRTC is taking action to address consumer complaints about Internet services. Canadians rely on Internet services to connect with friends and family, to find jobs, pursue education and more. As more Canadians are using Internet services and with complaints on the rise, a new code of conduct is[…]

Canada commits to making broadband a priority and to develop a long-term strategy

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/10/federal-provincial-territorial-ministers-agree-to-the-principles-of-a-canadian-broadband-strategy-that-will-improve-access-to-high-speed-internet-f.html Federal, provincial, territorial ministers agree to the principles of a Canadian broadband strategy that will improve access to high speed internet for all Canadians Better access to high speed internet will improve competitiveness and address digital divide October 26, 2018 — Vancouver, British Columbia Today, federal, provincial and territorial ministers for innovation and economic development agreed[…]

FMCC partners with Internet Society in hosting Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018 in Inuvik

From https://www.internetsociety.org/events/indigenous-connectivity-summit/2018/ The 2018 Indigenous Connectivity Summit is an initiative of the Internet Society, University of Alberta, First Mile Connectivity Consortium, the Town of Inuvik, and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. The Pre-Summit Training Session at University of Alberta in Edmonton The training session will be held on October 9, 8:30am – 4:30pm for Indigenous people who are currently operating[…]

FMCC presentation to Review Panel of the Canadian Communications Legislative Framework

First Mile Connectivity Consortium executive board members, Susan O’Donnell (Vice-President) and Brian Beaton (Treasurer), met with two members of the Review of the Canadian Communications Legislative Framework Panel. The meeting took place in Halifax on Wednesday, Oct 3 and included two secretariat members from the two federal departments responsible for these communication legislative acts, ISED and[…]

New CRTC Broadband Fund investing $750M in rural & remote telecom infrastructure

The new CRTC Broadband Infrastructure fund will use comparative selection process and includes community consultation requirements, including with respect to “any established or asserted Aboriginal or treaty rights” (para 219-224). From https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2018/09/crtc-announces-details-of-the-broadband-fund.html CRTC announces details of the Broadband Fund $750-million fund to improve broadband Internet access services in underserved areas September 27, 2018 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian[…]

Review of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts Panel launches consultations

The First Mile Connectivity Consortium is invited to present to panel members in Halifax on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. From https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/110.nsf/eng/00004.html Broadcasting and Telecommunications Panel launches consultations September 25, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel launched its consultation process today with the release of ‘Responding to the New Environment: A Call for Comments’.[…]

KRG receives millions to construct FTTH and sub-sea fibre network to serve Nunavik remote communities

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/08/remote-inuit-communities-will-benefit-from-first-time-access-to-modern-high-speed-interne.html Remote Inuit communities will benefit from first-time access to modern high-speed Internet Nunavik residents to get new or faster Internet access thanks to investments from governments of Canada and Quebec August 22, 2018 – Kuujjuaq, Quebec Internet access is more than just a convenience: citizens, communities, businesses and institutions need it to find information, offer[…]