First Mile partners featured in this year’s Global Information Society Watch report on Community Networks

First Mile partners featured in this year’s Global Information Society Watch report on Community Networks as the Canadian contribution. The chapter is found at https://www.giswatch.org/node/6034 and can be downloaded at https://giswatch.org/sites/default/files/gw2018_canada_0.pdf From https://www.giswatch.org/community-networks Global Information Society Watch Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is a collaborative community committed to building an open, inclusive and sustainable information society. 2018[…]

Huawei Technologies shipping 5G base stations to Europe, Middle East & South Korea

From https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/huawei-has-shipped-10k-5g-basestations-outside-china/d/d-id/747713 Huawei Has Shipped 10K 5G Basestations Outside China 11/20/2018 Huawei said it has now shipped more than 10,000 5G basestations to operators in Europe, the Middle East and South Korea in a sign of momentum for the next-generation technology and its biggest supplier. Ken Hu, the Chinese vendor’s rotating chairman, cited the figure as[…]

Social Finance program receives $805M investment from federal gov’t

From https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/new-in-ced/2018/11/22/government-canada-invests-805m-social-finance Government of Canada Invests $805M in Social Finance Posted: November 22, 2018 Since the creation of a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada was included in the 2015 Ministerial mandate letters, the federal government has taken steps to develop a strategy, culminating in the release last August of the recommendations of the Co-Creation[…]

Northern remote communities partner with academics to test mobile mesh networking technology

From https://news.uoguelph.ca/2018/11/u-of-g-computer-scientists-part-of-2-13-million-project-to-improve-data-sharing-in-northern-remote-places/ U of G Computer Scientists Part of $2.13-Million Project to Improve Data Sharing in Northern, Remote Places Friday, November 2, 2018 Nic Durish It’s called Canada’s digital divide, one that University of Guelph researchers aim to help bridge. Improving communications, information-sharing and health and environmental monitoring through better mobile connectivity in Northern and remote[…]

ISED Connectivity in Rural and Remote Areas gets poor grades from Auditor General

From http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_201811_01_e_43199.html 2018 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada to the Parliament of Canada Report 1—Connectivity in Rural and Remote Areas Table of Contents Introduction Background Rural and remote connectivity 1.1Accessibility to broadband high-speed Internet continues to lag behind for certain population groups in Canada, notably communities in rural and remote areas. This is despite[…]

Internet Society’s Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018 – Blog post

From https://www.newamerica.org/oti/blog/internet-societys-indigenous-connectivity-summit-2018/ Chris Ritzo produced this Blog Post highlighting FMCC and its partners after attending ISOC’s conference in Edmonton and Inuvik. Chris works with M-Lab and he delivered a passionate presentation about their work at the conference. Check it out at https://livestream.com/internetsociety/indigenet2018/videos/181775428 Internet Society’s Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018 BLOG POST Photo credit: Chris Ritzo. By  Chris Ritzo[…]

CRTC invites Canadians to share their views on the creation of an Internet Code

From https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/code.htm Internet Code: have your say! The CRTC is taking action to address consumer complaints about Internet services. Canadians rely on Internet services to connect with friends and family, to find jobs, pursue education and more. As more Canadians are using Internet services and with complaints on the rise, a new code of conduct is[…]

Canada commits to making broadband a priority and to develop a long-term strategy

From https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/10/federal-provincial-territorial-ministers-agree-to-the-principles-of-a-canadian-broadband-strategy-that-will-improve-access-to-high-speed-internet-f.html Federal, provincial, territorial ministers agree to the principles of a Canadian broadband strategy that will improve access to high speed internet for all Canadians Better access to high speed internet will improve competitiveness and address digital divide October 26, 2018 — Vancouver, British Columbia Today, federal, provincial and territorial ministers for innovation and economic development agreed[…]

FMCC partners with Internet Society in hosting Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018 in Inuvik

From https://www.internetsociety.org/events/indigenous-connectivity-summit/2018/ The 2018 Indigenous Connectivity Summit is an initiative of the Internet Society, University of Alberta, First Mile Connectivity Consortium, the Town of Inuvik, and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. The Pre-Summit Training Session at University of Alberta in Edmonton The training session will be held on October 9, 8:30am – 4:30pm for Indigenous people who are currently operating[…]

FMCC presentation to Review Panel of the Canadian Communications Legislative Framework

First Mile Connectivity Consortium executive board members, Susan O’Donnell (Vice-President) and Brian Beaton (Treasurer), met with two members of the Review of the Canadian Communications Legislative Framework Panel. The meeting took place in Halifax on Wednesday, Oct 3 and included two secretariat members from the two federal departments responsible for these communication legislative acts, ISED and[…]