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 members and board and FNI team meet in Fredericton

FMCC member organizations and the FMCC board of directors met in Fredericton on October 23, 24 and 25 to share information about their current and upcoming broadband, policy and regulatory activities. Also participating in the meetings were the partners in the First Nations Innovation (FNI) research project.The meetings included: October 23: Participation at the UNB[…]

FMCC welcomes new member – Matawa First Nations Management

The FMCC is pleased to welcome a new member organization, Matawa First Nations Management (http://matawa.on.ca), that joined us in October. Matawa is a First Nations council in Northern Ontario with nine member Ojibway and Cree First Nations. Earlier this month, Matawa First Nations announced it had secured funding for a new FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) construction project[…]

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[…]

UPDATE — Register today for Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Santa Fe (Nov. 6-9)

See below for a message from our colleagues at the Internet Society — the First Mile Connectivity Consortium is a partner in this upcoming event: If you plan to attend the Indigenous Connectivity Summit but haven’t registered yet, please do so today! We’ve got a great line up of speakers from across Canada, the U.S.[…]

CRTC Denies Northwestel Request for Forbearance of Regulation of Wholesale Connect Service in NWT

Yesterday (Aug 24) the CRTC released its decision denying Northwestel’s request to be forborne from regulation of the Wholesale Connect service in light of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link. From the CRTC’s announcement: The Commission denies an application by Northwestel for requesting forbearance from the regulation of its Wholesale Connect service in the communities served[…]

FMCC File Intervention and Reply Comments on CRTC Broadband Fund

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. FMCC is seeking means[…]

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[…]