CRTC planning new broadband infrastructure funding program for unserved and underserved communities

From http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/internet.htm Closing the Broadband Gap Following the review of Canada’s basic telecommunications services, the CRTC has established a universal service objective that Canadians – in rural and remote areas as well as in urban centres – should have access to voice services and broadband Internet access services on fixed and mobile wireless networks. The CRTC[…]

Manitoba First Nations Technology Council plans to connect remote First Nations

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/first-nations-high-speed-internet-northern-manitoba-1.4058347 Connecting communities: First Nations company plans to lay 3,600 km of fibre optics in Manitoba Clear Sky Connections is working on bringing high-speed internet to remote First Nations By Jillian Taylor, Posted: Apr 10, 2017 A First Nations company is working to bring high-speed internet to Manitoba’s most remote communities. Unreliable, constantly buffering and just plain[…]

Closing Infrastructure Gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal Communities

From Conference Board report web site New Procurement and Financing Approaches Needed to Close Infrastructure Gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal Communities Ottawa, February 6, 2017—A long list of infrastructure concerns in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities needs to be addressed, from poor access to basic amenities such as clean water, sewage treatment, and waste[…]

Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 continues to promote regional IT development

From http://www.vanhorneinstitute.com/event/digital-futures-alberta-2017/ Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 March 16 @ 8:30 am – March 17 @ 3:30 pm Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 is the seventh Digital Futures symposium and the first to be held in Cochrane, Alberta. 2017 promises to be a busy year in broadband across Alberta. Provincially work continues on a diverse range of local[…]

Broadband: the essential utility – Intelligent Community Forum Canada report

From http://www.icf-canada.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Broadband-the-Essential-Utility.pdf Guiding Principles of Broadband Internet An Internet connection must support these guiding principles to be designated “broadband,” (see  “Endnotes” for technical  specifications  that  underpin  guiding  principles).  The Internet connection must be: Standards  Based Architecture:  The  system  will  interoperate  with  all  other  systems  and  is  easy  to support. Highly Available and Scalable: The network connection is available at any moment in time,  wherever users, places or things need it, any time they need it, and the system can scale in capacity  to all  sessions  and  applications  dynamically  without  significant  additional  capital  outlays  or  system  delays. Symmetrical: the bandwidth (information carrying capacity) of the network connection is  symmetrical. This means the speed and  capacity  of  data  download  and  upload  are  equal.   Symmetry[…]

Matawa First Nations in northwestern Ontario establishing Telecom company to build and operate their fibre network

from http://www.matawa.on.ca/ Tuesday, January 17, 2017 MATAWA FIRST NATIONS COMMENCE TALKS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON NEW FEDERAL BROADBAND FUNDING AND MOVE FORWARD WITH ESTABLISHING A TELECO THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today announced their plans to commence talks with government officials on new federal broadband funding called Connect to Innovate which was launched by the[…]

Demand for bandwidth and quality digital services (audio and video) results in innovation

From http://www.thewirereport.ca/news/2017/01/09/as-online-video-data-transmissions-grow-need-for-cdns-expanding/31658 As online video, data transmissions grow, need for CDNs expanding AHMAD HATHOUT PUBLISHED: 01/09/2017 4:41 PM EST Last month, Amazon.com Inc. announced that its data centre business was expanding into Canada, a move that illustrates what some say is the need for more data points as an increasing amount of digital content is consumed[…]

CanNor’s Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) Funding

From http://www.cannor.gc.ca/eng/1396121900938/1396122167871 Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) The Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) fund is one of two program contribution streams offered under the Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP). The CROP fund is intended to improve the economic development capacity of Aboriginal communities and increase economic development in the three territories. It achieves[…]

Canadians Have Right to High Speed Internet Access – Liberal MP press release

Click here to see press release on Robert Nault’s web site  CANADIANS HAVE RIGHT TO HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS December 21, 2016 (KENORA) Wednesday, Dec. 21  – The Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, expressed his optimism following the declaration today by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that access to high-speed[…]

CRTC broadband decision: Big win for rural and northern communities

Click here for FCM Press release CRTC broadband decision: Big win for rural and northern communities (21/12/2016) FCM President Clark Somerville issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the Review of Basic Telecommunications Services. Broadband is now fundamental to modern life and commerce. The[…]