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[…]

Matawa First Nations in northwestern Ontario establishing Telecom company to build and operate their fibre network

from http://www.matawa.on.ca/ Tuesday, January 17, 2017 MATAWA FIRST NATIONS COMMENCE TALKS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON NEW FEDERAL BROADBAND FUNDING AND MOVE FORWARD WITH ESTABLISHING A TELECO THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today announced their plans to commence talks with government officials on new federal broadband funding called Connect to Innovate which was launched by the[…]

$25 for unlimited Internet is with National Capital FreeNet in Ottawa Housing

From http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2016/12/21/ottawa-community-houses-strikes-deal-to-provide-internet.html Ottawa Community Houses strikes deal to provide affordable Internet The special price of $25 for unlimited Internet is a partnership with not-for-profit National Capital FreeNet. Internet service is often a necessity for children doing their homework. By: Haley Ritchie Metro Published on Wed Dec 21 2016 Ottawa Community Housing has reached a deal with[…]

Indigenous youth innovators and First Mile featured in Motherboard news story

Bandwidth: Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure A story in Motherboard about how First Mile youth in the built and now operate their own broadband infrastructure. The story points to many other examples of innovation taking place in Indigenous communities across Canada, as showcased on the www.firstmile.ca website. Three years ago, the people living in[…]

Rebooting Canada’s Communication Legislation Conference in Ottawa – May 22-23, 2015

The University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance and the Forum for Research on Policy in Communications (FRPC) are co-sponsoring a policy and law conference on May 22nd and 23rd, 2015, focussing on Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications legislation. It will examine issues related to communications sovereignty and the use of new content distribution services, the socio-cultural[…]

Tyendinaga takes control of the First Mile

First Mile Field Notes : Tyendinaga takes control of the First Mile By Rob McMahon, Kevin Maracle and Chris Maracle Note: This is an introduction to Tyendinaga’s First Mile connectivity story – in the coming months, community-produced videos will offer more detail of the history of community-driven technology development in Tyendinaga… High-speed broadband fibre runs[…]