FMCC Comments on CRTC Broadband Fund Development

FMCC is participating in CRTC 2017-112 “Development of the Commission’s broadband funding regime”. These public proceedings examine matters related to the establishment of the broadband funding regime, including its governance, operating, and accountability frameworks, as well as eligibility and assessment criteria for proposed projects. For more information, the public notice is posted here. Requests for Information in CRTC 2017-122:[…]

Internet as an act of reconciliation – article by Mark Buell

From http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/11/17/internet-act-reconciliation/126066?platform=hootsuite Internet as an act of reconciliation The internet is a powerful tool for change, but we can’t meaningfully move forward as a country if anyone is left behind. Mark Buell writes that Internet access is still characterized by high costs, low speeds, data caps, and poor or non-existent service in many rural and remote[…]

Indigenous Connectivity Summit (Nov 6-9, 2017) — Livestream Available

Next week, the Indigenous Connectivity Summit (ICS) will be a unique event focused on connecting Indigenous communities in North America to the Internet. This community-led forum will showcase success stories of Indigenous community networks in Canada, the United States and around the globe to help find solutions to improve Internet access for all. The event[…]

FMCC Files Submission to House of Commons Study on Rural Broadband

In early October, FMCC filed a submission to a parliamentary study on rural broadband. In our submission, we welcomed the Standing Committee’s focus on improving connectivity through an approach that demonstrates its impact on local rural economies, including community engagement. We stressed the opportunities that this project can have on local communities: that is, provide benefit[…]

Matawa First Nations get $69.2M to build First Mile fibre-to-the-home network

Thursday, October 5, 2017 MATAWA FIRST NATIONS WELCOME REQUIRED FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL INVESTMENTS TO PROCEED WITH A STATE OF THE ART FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today welcomed funding commitments to assist in bringing state of the art fibre-to-the-home high-speed broadband to internet dead spots in 5 fly-in/remote First Nations[…]

Building Community WiFi in Maskwacis, AB

Members of Maskwacis First Nation in Alberta can now access free WiFi, thanks to the efforts of local tech entrepreneur Bruce Buffalo. Visit the website for Maskwacis Fibre Bruce has developed a system that offers four free access points in his community. Community members can connect to the network through a web-based gateway, which also[…]

FMCC team presents at Indigenous Radio conference in Ottawa

A team of First Mile partners including Penny Carpenter from K-Net Services, Tim Whiteduck from First Nations Education Council (FMCC Chair), Dr. Heather Hudson and Dr. Rob McMahon travelled to Ottawa on June 15-17 to participate in the Indigenous Radio National Conference at the University of Ottawa. The presentations and notes about the conference will[…]

First Mile Researchers Host Digital Literacy Workshop with Gwich’in Tribal Council

Last week the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s Department of Cultural Heritage (GTC) hosted a day-long workshop on Digital Content and Connectivity in Gwich’in communities. This pilot was designed by GTC staff and partners from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension and the First Mile Connectivity Consortium. The team included Dr. Rob McMahon and Master of Arts[…]

First Mile team presents at several conference at Congress 2017

The First Mile work in First Nations across Canada (http://firstmile.ca) 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 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mackenzie-valley-fibre-line-northwest-territories-1.4155770 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[…]