Five per cent tax on broadband Internet services recommendation rejected

From Trudeau rejects call for five per cent tax on broadband Internet services Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:42PM EDT OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped the presses Thursday on the idea of imposing a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way of “levelling the[…]

New $50M digital skills training program from ISED announced

Government of Canada launches $50-million coding program for young Canadians From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Digital skills program will prepare next generation for future jobs June 14, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Young Canadians will get the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future as[…]

Transforming the Indigenous health research landscape hope of new project

From BUILDING CAPACITY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF INDIGENOUS HEALTH RESEARCH SCHOLARS Michele Charlton – June 13, 2017 Faculty of Health Professions’ Debbie Martin. (Nick Pearce photo) Researchers from eight Atlantic Canadian universities are hoping to transform the Indigenous health research landscape within and beyond the region. They are recent recipients of a $999,990 Training[…]

Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair – Michael Geist blog

From Putting the Internet at the Centre: Taking Stock of Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair June 12, 2017 Barring a last minute extension, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais’ term will come to an end this week. For those new to the CRTC, it is difficult to overstate just how much changed both procedurally and substantively[…]

First Mile team presents at several conference at Congress 2017

The First Mile work in First Nations across Canada ( was well represented at Congress 2017 during the week long event held at Ryerson University in Toronto the week of May 27 to June 2. At the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Rob was a member of a panel presenting the chapter he[…]

Northwest Territories take First Mile approach to fibre construction

From Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link brings opportunities, challenges to N.W.T. $82-million, 1,200-km fibre optic line to increase internet speeds in communities across the territory By Mike Gibbins, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2017 12:51 PM CT Last Updated: Jun 11, 2017 2:23 PM CT Map showing the route of the Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line. A[…]

FMCC team participates in Indigenous Radio Halifax workshop

Brian Beaton and Susan O’Donnell, members of the FMCC Board of Directors travelled to Halifax on May 17 to participate in the Indigenous Radio Workshop at Dalhousie University. The presentations and notes about the day long workshop will be posted on their web site at Brian delivered his presentation entitled, “e-Centres: Community-based production/broadcast facilities”. His[…]

The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 presentations from May 8-9 available online

The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 brought together educators, researchers and industry from across the World to discuss the challenges, successes and potential of telecommunications and broadband deployment in the Arctic. Specific emphasis was placed on the role of broadband and digital technologies on the cultural preservation and self-determination of indigenous populations throughout the Arctic. The forum[…]

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure – Presentation to Senate Committee

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure A presentation was recently delivered to the Senate Committee on National Finance regarding rural infrastructure investment. The Senate Committee has been studying the design and delivery of the government’s infrastructure commitment, and has asked for comments to address the effects of future infrastructure investments on rural development in Canada. The[…]

CRTC rules against zero-rating by telecom industry

From Your internet provider can’t pick which apps and services count against your data cap, says CRTC In a win for net neutrality advocates, carriers can’t use a controversial pricing practice called zero-rating By Matthew Braga, Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 If zero-rating is allowed, an internet provider could decide to exempt a video streaming service such[…]