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[…]

CRTC denies an application by Ice Wireless Inc. for relief against Rogers

CRTC shuts down Sugar Mobile in big victory for Rogers, Big 3 ‘It’s a big blow’ to Canadian consumers, says Sugar Mobile president Samer Bishay By Aaron Saltzman, Mar 01, 2017 – From http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/sugar-mobile-rogers-telus-bell-cellphone-crtc-1.4004569 Sugar Mobile has been offering cellphone plans for as low as $19 a month. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) The CRTC has ordered Sugar Mobile, an upstart[…]

2017 Publication list with links: First Nations Innovation / First Mile

The First Nations Innovation project is researching how remote and rural First Nation communities in Canada are using broadband technologies and applications in innovative ways. Our work covers four regions – Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta – in partnership with seven organizations. We have updated our publications document, a Word file that lists all the[…]

Guide: An Open Source GIS and Mapping Methodology for Internet Access

In this report we discuss the efforts of the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) to shape a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform into a tool for data-driven policy advocacy. This work took place in the context of a lack of robust, accurate data concerning broadband access in Canada’s northern and remote regions. Given this challenge,[…]

Feb-June 2017 – The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence

An upcoming series of regional and national events provides an opportunity to discuss and plan for the upcoming CRTC review of the Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89). These events will be of interests to Indigenous broadcasting groups, as well as people working in research and policy. For more information on “The Future of First Nations,[…]

Closing Infrastructure Gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal Communities

From Conference Board report web site New Procurement and Financing Approaches Needed to Close Infrastructure Gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal Communities Ottawa, February 6, 2017—A long list of infrastructure concerns in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities needs to be addressed, from poor access to basic amenities such as clean water, sewage treatment, and waste[…]

FMCC board members present at Manitoba First Nations conference

The “Smoke Signals of the Future: Information From the Roots” conference in Winnipeg had two presentations on the agenda from FMCC representatives. Both presentations were made by video / skype to participants in Winnipeg. Participants at the conference included members of First Nations across Manitoba with a strong representation from youth. On February 8, FMCC[…]

When it comes to internet access, small towns might be better off without the big telcos

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/rural-internet-access-1.3969175 When it comes to internet access, small towns might be better off without the big telcos The real push to get all Canadians equal online access is coming from right inside their own communities By Ramona Pringle, for CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET[…]

Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities

From https://www.fcm.ca/Documents/issues/FCM_2017_North_SeizingTheMoment_EN.pdf Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommendations for federal budget 2017 With unprecedented long-term infrastructure investment promised and poised to be committed, the upcoming federal budget has the potential to transform this country. To unlock that potential, this investment must benefit Canadians from coast to coast to[…]

Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 continues to promote regional IT development

From http://www.vanhorneinstitute.com/event/digital-futures-alberta-2017/ Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 March 16 @ 8:30 am – March 17 @ 3:30 pm Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 is the seventh Digital Futures symposium and the first to be held in Cochrane, Alberta. 2017 promises to be a busy year in broadband across Alberta. Provincially work continues on a diverse range of local[…]