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[…]

FMCC research featured in special issue of Northern Public Affairs

The journal Northern Public Affairs has published a special issue focused on connectivity in Northern and Indigenous communities. The issue includes research and commentary about Indigenous digital innovations in communities across northern Canada, and features several articles contributed by FMCC members. These articles include: A “whole-community” approach for sustainable digital infrastructure in remote and Northern First[…]

New CRTC Broadband Fund investing $750M in rural & remote telecom infrastructure

The new CRTC Broadband Infrastructure fund will use comparative selection process and includes community consultation requirements, including with respect to “any established or asserted Aboriginal or treaty rights” (para 219-224). From https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2018/09/crtc-announces-details-of-the-broadband-fund.html CRTC announces details of the Broadband Fund $750-million fund to improve broadband Internet access services in underserved areas September 27, 2018 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian[…]

Review of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Acts Panel launches consultations

The First Mile Connectivity Consortium is invited to present to panel members in Halifax on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. From https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/110.nsf/eng/00004.html Broadcasting and Telecommunications Panel launches consultations September 25, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel launched its consultation process today with the release of ‘Responding to the New Environment: A Call for Comments’.[…]

FMCC makes submission and reply to ISED consultation on Revisions to the 3500 MHz Band

The FMCC made a submission and reply comments to ISED’s  Consultation on Revisions to the 3500 MHz Band to Accommodate Flexible Use and Preliminary Consultation on Changes to the 3800 MHz Band. The FMCC submissions are available for download: FMCC submission to ISED consultation on 3500 MHz band FMCC reply comments to ISED consultation    

KNET and WJBTN access ISED funding to expand network services in remote First Nations

From .. https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2018/08/rural-and-remote-communities-in-northern-ontario-will-benefit-from-faster-internet.html Rural and remote communities in northern Ontario will benefit from faster Internet Residents in six communities to get new or faster Internet access thanks to Government of Canada investment August 2, 2018 – Sioux Lookout, Ontario Internet access is more than just a convenience: communities, businesses and institutions need it to offer new services and create new[…]

FMCC publication featured by Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

The new e-book publication by the First Mile Connectivity Consortium team is featured this month on the SSHRC web site along with a short story about the First Nations Innovation research project. From http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/society-societe/stories-histoires/story-histoire-eng.aspx?story_id=270 Breaking trails: Stories from the First Mile Date published: 21/06/2018 4:00:00 PM Photo: Jesse Fiddler/Stories from the First Mile – First Mile Connectivity[…]

FMCC partners involved in new CIRA-funded research project

From https://mailchi.mp/cybera/iapuvwwjnk-468941?e=baf79bb0db Testing the Gaps in First Nations’ Internet Access In July 2004, the Assembly of First Nations passed a resolution directing “the government of Canada to honour its commitment to connect every community to broadband services by 2005.” But nearly a decade and a half later, many First Nations communities remain without any internet connectivity. This issue[…]