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

From 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[…]

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[…]

ISED funds telecom infrastructure to reach rural and remote Indigenous communities in Alberta

From Rural and remote communities in Alberta will benefit from faster Internet News release From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Residents in 39 communities to get access to new or faster Internet through $22.5-million investment March 15, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta Internet access serves as more than just a convenience; it is an essential means by[…]

FMCC Researchers receive Internet Society grant to co-develop digital literacy program with Piikani First Nation

A collaboration between Piikani Youth Empowerment Strategies (Piikani Nation Secondary School and Peigan Board of Education) and the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta has received funding from the Internet Society’s Beyond the Net program. The project, titled Exploring digital literacy through the Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp Program, builds on a[…]

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[…]

44 remote & rural First Nations to get faster internet in B.C. – fund announcement

Rural and remote communities in coastal British Columbia will benefit from faster internet News Release, Vancouver Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Through a combined investment of $45.4 million, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of British Columbia, is bringing new or improved high-speed internet to 154 rural and remote communities, enabling residents to get[…]

New article published about FMCC regulatory efforts: GIS Mapping and Policy Advocacy

An article based on FMCC efforts at the CRTC is now published in the Journal of Information Policy. The article is co-authored by FMCC researchers Rob McMahon, Trevor Smith, and Tim Whiteduck. Reclaiming Geospatial Data and GIS Design for Indigenous-led Telecommunications Policy Advocacy: A Process Discussion of Mapping Broadband Availability in Remote and Northern Regions[…]

First Nations in Manitoba building community-owned fibre networks

From ISED News Release More than 100 rural communities in Manitoba will benefit from faster Internet $83.9 million will improve high-speed Internet coverage in the province, allowing residents to get online faster January 9, 2018 – Winnipeg, Manitoba The Government of Canada is helping close the connectivity gap in Manitoba through a combined investment of $83.9 million[…]

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

From Philipp Budka’s web site at 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[…]

FMCC team featured on CIRA blog

The following article was posted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. CIRA’s Community Investment Program celebrates its fifth year – Part 2: The First Mile Connectivity Consortium CIRA is embarking on the fifth year of its Community Investment Program. Canadian not-for-profits doing good things for and through the internet can apply for a CIRA grant[…]