FMCC members present work at ISED event

KNET Director Penny Carpenter and Susan O’Donnell, FMCC Vice-Chair, presented the work of the FMCC to policy-makers at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in Ottawa on January 19. Also participating was Tim Whiteduck, Director of Technology at the First Nations Education Council and FMCC Chair. The presentation focused on research completed by FMCC last[…]

Look beyond incumbents with new $750M fund, Iristel tells CRTC

from http://www.thewirereport.ca/briefs/2017/01/03/look-beyond-incumbents-with-new-%24750m-fund-iristel-tells-crtc/31638 Look beyond incumbents with new $750M fund, Iristel tells CRTC THE WIRE REPORT PUBLISHED: TUESDAY, 01/03/2017 1:48 PM EST Iristel Inc. is asking the CRTC to “go beyond the ‘same old players’ to companies committed to competition and enhanced services for Canadians” when it comes to providing funding as part of its new $750-million[…]

50 Mbps speeds, LTE part of CRTC’s new basic service requirements

From http://thewirereport.ca/news/2016/12/21/50­mbps­speeds­lte­part­of­crtc%E2%80%99s­new­basic­service­requirements/31633 50 Mbps speeds, LTE part of CRTC’s new basic service requirements NEWS | THE WIRE REPORT PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, 12/21/2016 4:15 PM EST LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, 01/03/2017 9:57 AM EST GATINEAU, Que. — Advocates are calling the CRTC’s new basic service requirements — which include a minimum of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload[…]

Northern newspaper coverage highlight the FMCC support for CRTC BSO decisions

From http://www.whitehorsestar.com/News/crtc-s-ruling-on-internet-draws-more-praise CRTC’s ruling on Internet draws more praise First Nations Internet service providers are applauding the ruling by Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting regulator that all Canadians should have access to high-speed Internet. By Sidney Cohen on December 27, 2016 First Nations Internet service providers are applauding the ruling by Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting regulator that[…]

A critical perspective on the CRTC BSO decision from “The Canadian Public”

From http://thecanadianpublic.com/2016/12/everything-is-data-disruptive-response/ Everything is Data – Disruptive Response Posted on December 30, 2016 by François Caron Copies of this article will be sent to ISED Minister Navdeep Bains and to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. A request will be made to the CRTC that this article be published alongside our other submissions during Telecom Notice of[…]

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[…]

A First Mile Response to CBC Opinion piece on CRTC BSO decision

In response to Saadia Muzaffar’s opinion piece on CBC’s web site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/broadband-basic-service-1.3913627 –What good is declaring broadband a ‘basic service’ without regulating retail prices? Without affordability thresholds, there’s no guarantee that access in vulnerable communities will improve .. Brian Beaton wrote this First Mile response: IT IS THE FIRST STEP in a very long process .. It has taken[…]

Internet access to remote areas an important step for Canadians

From http://medicinehatnews.com/commentary/opinions/2016/12/24/internet-access-to-remote-areas-an-important-step-for-canadians/ Internet access to remote areas an important step for Canadians BY MEDICINE HAT NEWS OPINON ON DECEMBER 24, 2016. Seven First Nation youth died in Thunder Bay, Ont., between 2000 and 2011. These youth had spent their earliest years in remote First Nation communities — accessible by long winding gravel roads, or small aircraft,[…]

Une nouvelle décision du CRTC concernant son objectif de service de base appuie l’innovation des Premières Nations dans le domaine numérique

First Mile Connectivity Consortium C. P. 104 Fredericton (N.-B.)  E3B 4Y2 http://www.firstmile.ca Téléphone sans frais : 1-877-737-5638 poste 4522 Click here for an English version of this press release PDF de communiqué du FMCC Communiqué du FMCC Une nouvelle décision du CRTC concernant son objectif de service de base appuie l’innovation des Premières Nations dans[…]