The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 presentations from May 8-9 available online

The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 brought together educators, researchers and industry from across the World to discuss the challenges, successes and potential of telecommunications and broadband deployment in the Arctic. Specific emphasis was placed on the role of broadband and digital technologies on the cultural preservation and self-determination of indigenous populations throughout the Arctic. The forum[…]

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure – Presentation to Senate Committee

Guiding Canada’s Future Investment in Rural Infrastructure A presentation was recently delivered to the Senate Committee on National Finance regarding rural infrastructure investment. The Senate Committee has been studying the design and delivery of the government’s infrastructure commitment, and has asked for comments to address the effects of future infrastructure investments on rural development in Canada. The[…]

CRTC rules against zero-rating by telecom industry

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/crtc-zero-rating-differential-pricing-decision-videtron-net-neutrality-2017-1.4077717 Your internet provider can’t pick which apps and services count against your data cap, says CRTC In a win for net neutrality advocates, carriers can’t use a controversial pricing practice called zero-rating By Matthew Braga, Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 If zero-rating is allowed, an internet provider could decide to exempt a video streaming service such[…]

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[…]

28 Indigenous Knowledge Synthesis research projects funded by SSHRC

From http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/press_releases-communiques/2017/ksg-ssc-eng.aspx Government of Canada Invests in Indigenous Research Projects $695,000 for 28 research projects on the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples March 16, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario—Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council The Government of Canada is committed to renewing the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation[…]

PIAC, ACORN & NPF continue lobby for CRTC to provide Affordability Sudsidy

From https://www.piac.ca/our-specialities/crtc-asked-to-reconsider-affordability-subsidy CRTC ASKED TO RECONSIDER AFFORDABILITY SUBSIDY Lower-income Canadians, fixed income earners and seniors should have access to “basic service” including broadband OTTAWA, April 5, 2017 – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), ACORN Canada (ACORN) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) today jointly filed an application to review and vary the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications[…]

CRTC denies an application by Ice Wireless Inc. for relief against Rogers

CRTC shuts down Sugar Mobile in big victory for Rogers, Big 3 ‘It’s a big blow’ to Canadian consumers, says Sugar Mobile president Samer Bishay By Aaron Saltzman, Mar 01, 2017 – From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/sugar-mobile-rogers-telus-bell-cellphone-crtc-1.4004569 Sugar Mobile has been offering cellphone plans for as low as $19 a month. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) The CRTC has ordered Sugar Mobile, an upstart[…]

Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities

From https://www.fcm.ca/Documents/issues/FCM_2017_North_SeizingTheMoment_EN.pdf Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommendations for federal budget 2017 With unprecedented long-term infrastructure investment promised and poised to be committed, the upcoming federal budget has the potential to transform this country. To unlock that potential, this investment must benefit Canadians from coast to coast to[…]

Bell Canada raises their prices for Internet services again

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bell-tv-internet-price-increase-1.3941455 Bell Canada raising prices on home internet, TV in February Increases primarily affect customers in Ontario and Quebec Bell Canada is increasing monthly prices for a number of its residential communications services, including home TV and internet packages, beginning in February. The increases will primarily affect customers in Ontario and Quebec. According to the Bell[…]