CRTC Denies Northwestel Request for Forbearance of Regulation of Wholesale Connect Service in NWT

Yesterday (Aug 24) the CRTC released its decision denying Northwestel’s request to be forborne from regulation of the Wholesale Connect service in light of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link. From the CRTC’s announcement: The Commission denies an application by Northwestel for requesting forbearance from the regulation of its Wholesale Connect service in the communities served[…]

First Mile Researchers Host Digital Literacy Workshop with Gwich’in Tribal Council

Last week the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s Department of Cultural Heritage (GTC) hosted a day-long workshop on Digital Content and Connectivity in Gwich’in communities. This pilot was designed by GTC staff and partners from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension and the First Mile Connectivity Consortium. The team included Dr. Rob McMahon and Master of Arts[…]

Northwest Territories take First Mile approach to fibre construction

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mackenzie-valley-fibre-line-northwest-territories-1.4155770 Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link brings opportunities, challenges to N.W.T. $82-million, 1,200-km fibre optic line to increase internet speeds in communities across the territory By Mike Gibbins, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2017 12:51 PM CT Last Updated: Jun 11, 2017 2:23 PM CT Map showing the route of the Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line. A[…]

FMCC/FNI researcher visits CBC Yukon and presents at Yukon College

People living in Canada’s Northern territories are engaged in a number of community-driven broadband projects – those these efforts face challenges of affordability and local infrastructure capacity. On April 6-7, FMCC coordinator and University of Alberta researcher Rob McMahon travelled to Whitehorse, YK to learn about these initiatives, and to give a public presentation at Yukon[…]

FMCC intervention in Northwestel’s request to CRTC for forbearance

The First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) filed the attached intervention letter concerning Northwestel’s application for forbearance concerning the delivery of broadband services in the Northwest Territories. We are sharing this document with everyone in the hope that it might be useful to you. If there are problems with the concerns we are raising about Northwestel[…]

Northern newspaper coverage highlight the FMCC support for CRTC BSO decisions

From http://www.whitehorsestar.com/News/crtc-s-ruling-on-internet-draws-more-praise CRTC’s ruling on Internet draws more praise First Nations Internet service providers are applauding the ruling by Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting regulator that all Canadians should have access to high-speed Internet. By Sidney Cohen on December 27, 2016 First Nations Internet service providers are applauding the ruling by Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting regulator that[…]

CanNor’s Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) Funding

From http://www.cannor.gc.ca/eng/1396121900938/1396122167871 Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) The Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) fund is one of two program contribution streams offered under the Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP). The CROP fund is intended to improve the economic development capacity of Aboriginal communities and increase economic development in the three territories. It achieves[…]

2013 CRTC: Review of Northwestel’s Modernization Plan

CRTC 2013-669 – Review of Northwestel’s Modernization Plan On June 19 and 20, 2013 the FMCC, K’atl’odeeche First Nation and the Eeyou Communications Network presented to the CRTC regarding several aspects of Northwestel’s proposed Modernization Plan. Generally, the three parties focused on issues of access, affordability, and the potential for infrastructure development in the North[…]

K’atl’odeeche First Nation Fiber Optic Construction (2011)

K’atl’odeeche First Nation – Northwest Territories Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 05:16 PM In 2011, Katlodeeche First Nation completed the construction of its local broadband fiber optic network. This video documents the project. They were shot on location and edited by KFN’s IT Project Manager, Lyle Fabian. Watch part 2 of the video here, on YouTube.[…]

K’atlodeeche First Nation’s Fibre Network

K’atlodeeche First Nation – Northwest Territories Monday, 22 October 2012, 04:21 PM On October 11, 2012 Lyle Fabian from gave a presentation about his community’s plans for a locally owned and operated fibre optic network. The forum was the Pathways to Prosperity Conference, held from Oct 10-12, 2012 in Yellowknife. The conference focused on issues[…]