KNET and WJBTN access ISED funding to expand network services in remote First Nations

From .. https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/08/rural-and-remote-communities-in-northern-ontario-will-benefit-from-faster-internet.html Rural and remote communities in northern Ontario will benefit from faster Internet Residents in six communities to get new or faster Internet access thanks to Government of Canada investment August 2, 2018 – Sioux Lookout, Ontario Internet access is more than just a convenience: communities, businesses and institutions need it to offer new services and create new[…]

WJBTN and KNET working with First Nations partners and Ontario gov’t to upgrade community networks

From https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/rural-and-northern-internet-service-gets-nearly-10m-boost-882253 Rural and northern Internet service gets nearly $10M boost Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation announces funding to improve Internet capacity in both rural Thunder Bay area and Far North communities like Fort Severn First Nation. by: Matt Vis Fort Severn First Nation Chief Paul Burke speaks at a Tuesday, April 3, 2018 news conference to[…]

Indigenous-led transmission project to connect 16 remote First Nations communities to provincial power grid

from https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2018/03/historic-indigenous-led-transmission-project-to-connect-16-remote-first-nations-communities-to-provincial-power-grid.html This construction project will include a First Nation owned fibre optic cable to support local community networks. Historic Indigenous-led transmission project to connect 16 remote First Nations communities to provincial power grid From Indigenous Services Canada March 22, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON – Department of Indigenous Services Canada Access to electricity is key to[…]

Network operator, solar company partner to bring internet to First Nation communities

From http://ottawacitizen.com/telecom/network-operator-solar-company-partner-to-bring-internet-to-first-nation-communities/wcm/94ae6aa2-835c-44fa-aa89-a976b11d48c5 Network operator, solar company partner to bring internet to First Nation communities About 3 per cent of Canada’s 14.1 million households (roughly 423,000 homes) didn’t have access to broadband at the end of 2016 EMILY JACKSON Ottawa Citizen Published on: March 15, 2018 | Last Updated: March 15, 2018 6:20 PM EDT WireIE Holdings[…]

First Nation Communities in Southwestern Ontario Call for Better Broadband

First Nation Communities in Southwestern Ontario Call for Better Broadband           Beausoleil First Nation, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Saugeen First Nation, and Six Nations of the Grand River have become members of SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT). These valuable additions mean that SWIFT now represents the combined connectivity interests[…]

University of Vienna doctoral thesis: Indigenizing the Internet highlight KO-KNET work in remote First Nations

From Philipp Budka’s web site at http://www.philbu.net/projects.html Philipp’s dissertation project at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna investigated the creation, development, and utilization of broadband internet infrastructures, technologies, and services by indigenous people and communities in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. (Budka, P. (2017). Indigenizing the Internet: Socio-technical change, technology appropriation and digital practices in remote First Nation[…]

Public funds for Bell Canada to build their fibre network into rural First Nations

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2017/10/bridging_the_digitaldivideinsixnorthwesternontariocommunities.html Bridging the digital divide in six northwestern Ontario communities News Release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Over $4 million from the Government of Canada will improve high-speed Internet coverage from Stratton to Kejick October 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Canadians in six northwestern Ontario communities will[…]

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[…]

New Building Canada Fund’s small communities fund used to improve Internet connections

From BRIEFS | THE WIRE REPORT PUBLISHED: MONDAY, 01/23/2017 Two rural Ontario areas receive $2.53M to improve connectivity The federal and Ontario governments are making available $2.53 million in funding to improve Internet service in two areas of the province, the federal government announced in a press release Monday. “In King Township, the project will expand[…]

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[…]