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[…]

FMCC members present at Pacific Telecommunications Council conference

Rob McMahon and Heather Hudson presented at this year’s Pacific Telecommunications Council (https://council.ptc.org/ptc17/) conference in Honolulu, HI on January 15 to 18. The session, entitled “Policy and Regulation” included a discussion about the FMCC’s efforts at the recent CRTC hearings on the Basic Service Objective, including our proposals to address digital divide challenges in remote and rural regions. The description[…]

First Mile representative meets with Matawa First Nations broadband team

Brian Beaton met today (Tuesday, January 17, 2017) via videoconference with the Matawa First Nations broadband team during their meetings in Thunder Bay. Brian introduced the Matawa team to the work of the First Mile Connectivity Consortium. Discussions included: introductions Description of the work being undertaken by the Matawa First Nations broadband team What is[…]

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 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[…]

Feb 2017 — National First Nations eHealth Conference & Manitoba First Nations ICT Summit

FMCC member organization Nanaandawewigamig (First Nation Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba) is hosting two upcoming conferences on First Nations ICT initiatives: Nanaandawewigamig will be hosting the 1st ever in Canada: National First Nations eHealth Conference on February 6 to 7, 2017, and following with our 2ND Annual Manitoba First Nations ICT Summit on February 8[…]

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[…]

FMCC Press Release on CRTC Decision supporting First Nations Digital Innovation

First Mile Connectivity Consortium PO Box 104 Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y2 http://www.firstmile.ca Telephone toll free: 1-877-737-5638 extension 4522 Click here for a French copy of the press release PDF of this FMCC press release Also posted in NATIONTALK.ca FMCC Media Release New CRTC ‘Basic Service Objective’ Decision Supports First Nations Digital Innovation December 22, 2016[…]

ISED promises broadband access coming to SOME rural and remote communities

ISED press release from http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1170069&tp=1 Enhanced broadband access coming to [SOME] rural and remote communities across Canada Minister Bains launches the Connect to Innovate program December 15, 2016 – Wakefield, Quebec – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Access to broadband is essential for living, working and competing in a digital world. For Canadians in rural and[…]

FMCC and FNI receive Award of Excellence from Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Good afternoon! I’m excited to announce that last night, the First Mile Connectivity Consortium and First Nations Innovation project received an Award of Excellence (Aboriginal Category) from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Here’s the text from the Award Program: Working together to change digital policy to support Indigenous broadband at the First Mile, First Mile Connectivity[…]