FMCC publication featured by Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

The new e-book publication by the First Mile Connectivity Consortium team is featured this month on the SSHRC web site along with a short story about the First Nations Innovation research project. From http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/society-societe/stories-histoires/story-histoire-eng.aspx?story_id=270 Breaking trails: Stories from the First Mile Date published: 21/06/2018 4:00:00 PM Photo: Jesse Fiddler/Stories from the First Mile – First Mile Connectivity[…]

CIRA report: The gap between us: Perspectives on building a better online Canada

From https://cira.ca/gaps (10 recommendations below) Released June 13, 2018 The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared broadband internet as a basic service, paving the way to universal access of broadband internet. Given its prevalence in the lives of so many Canadians – where they work, play, connect socially and access many government services – CIRA reached[…]

FMCC partners involved in new CIRA-funded research project

From https://mailchi.mp/cybera/iapuvwwjnk-468941?e=baf79bb0db Testing the Gaps in First Nations’ Internet Access In July 2004, the Assembly of First Nations passed a resolution directing “the government of Canada to honour its commitment to connect every community to broadband services by 2005.” But nearly a decade and a half later, many First Nations communities remain without any internet connectivity. This issue[…]

CRTC releases report – Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada

From https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2018/05/new-approaches-are-needed-to-maximize-opportunities-of-the-digital-era-says-crtc.html New approaches are needed to maximize opportunities of the digital era, says CRTC From: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission News release As consumption of audio and video content shifts to digital, all services should contribute to ensure a vibrant domestic market May 31, 2018 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) The CRTC[…]

THE PROTECTION OF NET NEUTRALITY IN CANADA Report from Standing Committee

THE PROTECTION OF NET NEUTRALITY IN CANADA Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics MAY 2018 FOR THE FULL REPORT visit http://www.ourcommons.ca/content/Committee/421/ETHI/Reports/RP9840575/421_ETHI_Rpt14_PDF/421_ETHI_Rpt14-e.pdf LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or[…]

New social enterprises working with Indigenous communities win financial support

Winners of the Ryerson / Google.org Impact Challenge announced this past week .. https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/canada2017 .. “10 IDEAS TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD, FASTER” .. Most of them have possible implications for Indigenous communities .. 1. The Arctic Eider Society Sea ice, or “siku”, is integral to the way of life of tens of thousands of Inuit living in[…]

CRTC seeking data-only wireless plans and sets final wholesale roaming rates

From https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2018/03/crtc-continues-to-foster-investment-innovation-and-affordable-choice-in-the-wireless-market.html CRTC continues to foster investment, innovation and affordable choice in the wireless market News release From Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Seeks to make data-only wireless plans more widely available to Canadians and sets final wholesale roaming rates March 22, 2018 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) The CRTC today launched a[…]

ISED gives telecom industry millions to develop 5G-enabled technologies along Ontario-Quebec “corridor”

New Canadian partnership in next-generation wireless technology News release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Industry-led partnership with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec to develop 5G-enabled technologies March 19, 2018 – Ottawa ON Imagine a world where you start off the day right because your refrigerator has tracked how much food you have and[…]

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.[…]