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[…]

CRTC puts an end to locked cellphones and unlocking fees ..

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638 CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, clarifies ‘family’ plan rules Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:35PM EDT OTTAWA — Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.[…]

Five per cent tax on broadband Internet services recommendation rejected

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/trudeau-rejects-call-for-five-per-cent-tax-on-broadband-internet-services-1.3460676 Trudeau rejects call for five per cent tax on broadband Internet services Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:42PM EDT OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped the presses Thursday on the idea of imposing a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way of “levelling the[…]

New $50M digital skills training program from ISED announced

Government of Canada launches $50-million coding program for young Canadians From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Digital skills program will prepare next generation for future jobs June 14, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Young Canadians will get the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future as[…]

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[…]

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[…]