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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

FMCC members present work at ISED event

KNET Director Penny Carpenter and Susan O’Donnell, FMCC Vice-Chair, presented the work of the FMCC to policy-makers at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in Ottawa on January 19. Also participating was Tim Whiteduck, Director of Technology at the First Nations Education Council and FMCC Chair. The presentation focused on research completed by FMCC last[…]

FMCC members present at Pacific Telecommunications Council conference

Rob McMahon and Heather Hudson presented at this year’s Pacific Telecommunications Council (https://council.ptc.org/ptc17/) conference in Honolulu, HI on January 15 to 18. The session, entitled “Policy and Regulation” included a discussion about the FMCC’s efforts at the recent CRTC hearings on the Basic Service Objective, including our proposals to address digital divide challenges in remote and rural regions. The description[…]

First Mile representative meets with Matawa First Nations broadband team

Brian Beaton met today (Tuesday, January 17, 2017) via videoconference with the Matawa First Nations broadband team during their meetings in Thunder Bay. Brian introduced the Matawa team to the work of the First Mile Connectivity Consortium. Discussions included: introductions Description of the work being undertaken by the Matawa First Nations broadband team What is[…]

A First Mile Response to CBC Opinion piece on CRTC BSO decision

In response to Saadia Muzaffar’s opinion piece on CBC’s web site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/broadband-basic-service-1.3913627 –What good is declaring broadband a ‘basic service’ without regulating retail prices? Without affordability thresholds, there’s no guarantee that access in vulnerable communities will improve .. Brian Beaton wrote this First Mile response: IT IS THE FIRST STEP in a very long process .. It has taken[…]

Feb 2017 — National First Nations eHealth Conference & Manitoba First Nations ICT Summit

FMCC member organization Nanaandawewigamig (First Nation Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba) is hosting two upcoming conferences on First Nations ICT initiatives: Nanaandawewigamig will be hosting the 1st ever in Canada: National First Nations eHealth Conference on February 6 to 7, 2017, and following with our 2ND Annual Manitoba First Nations ICT Summit on February 8[…]