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  • robmcmahon | FirstMile | Page 2
    on October 4 2014 December 12 2015 by robmcmahon CRTC 2014 190 Let s Talk TV Phase 3 The FMCC participated in the CRTC s Let s Talk TV hearings about television services in Canada Many remote and rural communities lack access to the digital infrastructure and services necessary to access broadcast programming on an equitable basis Costs for digital services are high and choices are often Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC 2014 CRTC Review of Satellite Services Posted on September 5 2014 October 18 2015 by robmcmahon CRTC 2014 44 Review of Satellite Services In 2014 the FMCC participated in the CRTC s inquiry about satellite services in Canada Many First Nations and Inuit communities are dependent on satellite services for telephone services and data applications However the CRTC determined that a clear digital divide exists between communities that can access terrestrial infrastructure Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC 2014 Industry Canada Connecting Canadians Posted on July 23 2014 December 12 2015 by robmcmahon In July 2014 Industry Canada announced a new 305M investment in digital infrastructure and services According to the agency this funding is to provide incentives for the private sector to invest in wireless and wireline Internet services in areas of the country that previously did not have access to high speed Internet services This will create thousands Posted in FMCC News 2013 CRTC Review of Northwestel s Modernization Plan Posted on December 19 2013 October 18 2015 by robmcmahon CRTC 2013 669 Review of Northwestel s Modernization Plan On June 19 and 20 2013 the FMCC K atl odeeche First Nation and the Eeyou Communications Network presented to the CRTC regarding several aspects of Northwestel s proposed Modernization Plan Generally the three parties focused on issues of access affordability and

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  • First Mile Connectivity Consortium part of CRTC BSO hearings | FirstMile
    that have entered the hearing before yesterday s deadline The hearing CRTC 2015 134 Review of basic telecommunications services will take place over the next year and have a significant impact on high speed Internet affordability access and quality for all Canadians The link to view the FMCC submission HERE The link to see the list of submissions is HERE Lots of reading material Enjoy This entry was posted in Community Stories CRTC FMCC National News Bookmark the permalink Post navigation 2015 2016 CRTC Review of the Basic Service Objective BSO Bringing Healthcare Closer to First Nations Communities in B C Search for Latest News Guide Federal Funding for Indigenous Broadband Report Digital Technology Adoption in Northern and Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada MWC gets SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant for literature review FMCC team presents at CRTC BSO hearings IsumaTV Builds Innovative Digital Systems to Share High Def Streaming Video in Low Speed Remote Communities Recent Comments Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 December 2013 October 2013 July

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  • 2015 – 2016 CRTC: Review of the Basic Service Objective (BSO) | FirstMile
    of the needs of community members and must be improved To remedy the problems we argued that the Commission needs to take a new approach This new approach will involve a number of elements including a new Northern Infrastructure and Services Fund accessible to community based organizations operating in the territory Follow the links below to learn more FMCC Cover Letter TNC CRTC 2015 134 FMCC Intervention submitted to TNC CRTC on July 14 2015 This entry was posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC Bookmark the permalink Post navigation CRTC moves BSO deadline for initial interventions to July 14 First Mile Connectivity Consortium part of CRTC BSO hearings Search for Latest News Guide Federal Funding for Indigenous Broadband Report Digital Technology Adoption in Northern and Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada MWC gets SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant for literature review FMCC team presents at CRTC BSO hearings IsumaTV Builds Innovative Digital Systems to Share High Def Streaming Video in Low Speed Remote Communities Recent Comments Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014

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  • CRTC BSO Announced | FirstMile
    services such as e health e learning banking and government services As more devices become connected to networks Canadians are creating and making use of innovative applications For instance municipalities are using smart traffic control systems to more effectively manage congestion and home owners are using smart metres to measure their energy water or natural gas consumption in real time To learn more about the CRTC s role Canadians are invited to watch a new video Satellite services In 2014 the CRTC appointed Commissioner Candice Molnar to investigate the Canadian satellite transport service market Among the findings contained in her investigation report which was made public today Commissioner Molnar found that satellite dependent communities continue to rely almost exclusively on Telesat s satellite network Given its continued market dominance Commissioner Molnar recommended that the CRTC initiate a public review of Telesat s current price ceiling Furthermore she recommended that the CRTC consult Canadians to determine whether the price ceiling for certain Telesat satellite services is still appropriate in light of current market conditions and future projections Accordingly the CRTC is initiating a public consultation today to review the price ceiling for certain satellite services provided by this Canadian company Canadians have until August 21 2015 to file their comments Quick facts The CRTC is initiating a major proceeding to review basic telecommunications services in Canada Access to basic telecommunications services is crucial for active participation in the digital economy in a communications environment that is constantly changing but also for Canadians in their daily lives Canadians need quality telecommunications services for their daily activities such as banking educational machine to machine applications smart transportation grids or simply for entertainment The CRTC s current policy ensures that Canadians in all regions have access to low speed Internet services The CRTC must review this policy in order to be in step with the future and the changing needs of Canadians The first phase of the proceeding focuses on collecting information to better understand the telecommunications services provided to Canadians and determine the areas that are not being adequately served or not being served at all During the second phase of the proceeding which will take place in fall 2015 the CRTC will hold a public consultation to collect comments from Canadians regarding these important issues as they related to basic telecommunications services A public hearing associated with this proceeding will begin on April 11 2016 Today the CRTC is also publishing an inquiry report on satellite services in Canada Further to the recommendations set out in the report the CRTC is initiating a public consultation on the price ceiling for Telesat fixed satellite services The purpose of the proceeding is to determine whether the price ceiling for certain Telesat satellite services is still appropriate in Canada Quotes The proceeding we are initiating today is both extensive and important for Canadians As our habits change in this digital age our telecommunications services must keep pace Canadians are looking to the future and the

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  • Learn more about Northwestern’s Modernization Plan | FirstMile
    what it provides The goal is to facilitate wider deployment of 4G wireless High Speed Internet and other service enhancements across the North Northwestel will commit to a 233M investment through a five year capital budget It may take longer than five years to implement these upgrades given regulatory and competitive pressures The company is actively pursuing partnerships with third parties to secure public funding to subsidize this service expansion and upgrades Here is a press release from Infrastructure Canada about a public private partnership to fund 3G upgrades in the NWT The overwhelming demand from customers and the Territorial governments is for wireless and broadband expansion and enhancements Northwestel is a major employer in the North with more than 600 permanent northern residents on payroll Northwestel employs some technicians outside of major centres like Whitehorse and Yellowknife and provides scholarships to Aboriginal peoples Northwestel is responsible for the costs to implement local competition including the provision of local number portability LNP subject to exceptions see TRP 2011 771 Northwestel s Modernization Plan what it leaves out Northwestel will only commit to speeds of 1 5 Mbps up 384 Kbps down in the 38 satellite served communities Much of the planned deployment is contingent on external funding sources For example projects proposed in 26 of the 83 communities that will receive 4G wireless upgrades more than one third or 31 are contingent on external funding to support capital costs Northwestel does not provide any details on who these third party funders are or the amount of funding that it is requesting Here is a press release from Infrastructure Canada about a public private partnership to fund 3G upgrades in the NWT Northwestel provides no guarantee of delivery of services within five years unless the company receives adequate funding The Plan

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  • calkenny | FirstMile
    Testimony from Brian Beaton former manager KO KNET Posted in FMCC Suggested points to make Sample letter of support CRTC Posted on March 31 2015 April 27 2015 by calkenny Here is a suggested template you may want to draw on to intervene in the CRTC Hearings According to the CRTC the following information is needed in all interventions the file your intervention relates to the notice application or file number as well as the applicant s licensee s name whether you support or oppose the issue or Posted in CRTC Information About the CRTC Submission Posted on March 31 2015 April 12 2015 by calkenny This page provides background about the issue the CRTC benefits of First Nations Community Networks and our position on the Hearings Introduction We are an independent not for profit research consortium and a First Nation community located in the Northwest Territories Our work focuses on innovative solutions to broadband infrastructure development with and in rural and remote Posted in CRTC Community First Mile Stories Posted on March 31 2015 July 28 2015 by calkenny These community stories showcase innovative uses of Information and Communications Technologies ICTs by First Nations communities across Canada They were written in collaboration with members of First Nations communities and organizations In all cases the stories that appear here have been verified by organization and or community members Thank you to all the community members who helped Posted in Community Stories Tyendinaga takes control of the First Mile Posted on March 29 2015 April 12 2015 by calkenny First Mile Field Notes Tyendinaga takes control of the First Mile By Rob McMahon Kevin Maracle and Chris Maracle Note This is an introduction to Tyendinaga s First Mile connectivity story in the coming months community produced videos will offer more detail of the history of community driven technology development in Tyendinaga High speed broadband fibre runs Posted in Community Stories First Mile Infrastructure Ontario Grunt Gallery Beatnation and Online Aboriginal Hip Hop Youth Culture Posted on March 29 2015 July 28 2015 by calkenny The Witness by Bunky Echo Hawk Rapper and Writer Ostwelve Ron Harris Still shot from Leena Minifie s Geeka Beat Nation and grunt gallery Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture based in Vancouver B C is a virtual community featuring young Aboriginal artists from across Canada the United States and South America with one First Nations artist Ron Posted in British Columbia Sunchild E Learning Centre Posted on March 29 2015 April 12 2015 by calkenny On August 19 2010 the Sunchild E Learning Centre celebrated its tenth year of delivering quality distance education to Aboriginal learners throughout Alberta and the NWT TheSunchild E learning Centre started when i n 1999 members of the Sunchild First Nation considered the lack of education in their community and decided alternative methods were needed to reach Aboriginal Posted in Alberta Community Stories E Learning Territories Community Hubs and First Nations in B C Posted on March 29 2015 April 18 2016

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  • Suggested points to make – Sample letter of support CRTC | FirstMile
    some details of the proposed Plan It is my opinion that the Plan fails to leverage long term economic community and social development opportunities in remote communities I believe that governments public service providers entrepreneurs and residents can work together to strategically develop broadband infrastructure to benefit of Northern residents I think there should be clear opportunities and support for Northern organizations to develop and offer competitive digital services These local and regional organizations can utilize open access broadband infrastructure as a platform for local innovation community economic development local employment and the provision of public and community services Finally I believe that any modernization plan in the North must be developed through engagement and collaboration with affected individuals and communities particularly in remote areas For these reasons I am writing to express my support for the intervention submitted by the First Mile Connectivity Consortium and K atl odeeche First Nation Furthermore as a resident of Northwestel s service area I would like to contribute some information about the proposed Modernization Plan and Northwestel s current and future services Specifically I would like to provide the Commission with information about Problems I have had with communication services if applicable provide specifics in terms of any experience with dropped connections slow speeds service outages etc Concerns about pricing and affordability of services if applicable provide specifics on current services or future services billing issues etc Suggestions about the types of services needed for residents community organizations businesses schools etc if applicable provide specifics Suggestions about how broadband services could contribute to the social and economic development of my community and region if applicable provide specifics Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to these Public Hearings Respectfully Your Name Address Please send a copy of your letter to us at info

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  • Information About the CRTC Submission | FirstMile
    PES in high cost serving areas HCSAs In TRP 2011 291 and 2011 711 the Commission confirmed that only Northwestel is eligible to receive the portion of the NCF set aside for HCSAs in Canada s far north given its regulatory obligation to serve all customers in those HCSA regions In Telecom Decision 2012 669 the CRTC approved a total subsidy of 20 9M for Northwestel in 2012 Northwestel received this subsidy to provide residential PES in HCSAs 10 8M and to fund the ongoing requirements of the non access portion of Northwestel s approved Service Improvement Plan 10 1M As noted earlier in TRP 2011 771 the Commission determined that Northwestel failed to provide adequate services to residents of its northern HCSAs in particular those in remote communities Our position Northwestel s proposed Modernization Plan is an ambitious and comprehensive initiative However it is our opinion that it fails to leverage significant opportunities that may support the long term economic and social development of affected rural and remote northern communities Northwestel s Plan focuses on a definition of quality of service in the North with regards to issues of speed and access such as the availability of 3G 4G and high speed Internet We contend that while these issues are important quality of service can also be framed to incorporate how local governments public service providers entrepreneurs and residents develop and use available infrastructure We believe this more holistic definition reflects the long term potential of broadband infrastructure development for Northern rural and remote communities Modernization is an important and necessary component of a robust telecommunications system for the North We also recognize these activities might increase the availability of access to services for users living in remote communities However it is our opinion that residents of Northern communities including First Nations and Aboriginal peoples are best positioned to state their own broadband development needs Our research and professional experience demonstrates how First Nations community networks can be strategically developed in partnership with backhaul service providers to reflect the unique requirements of northern constituents They can also generate economic development opportunities and provide broadband enabled public services as well as stimulate competition In this context we submit that a subsidy mechanism to support the development and ongoing sustainability of First Nations Community Networks might support the Commission s policy objectives while enriching the next generation telecommunications system being developed to service Canada s far north Benefits of First Nations Community Networks FNCNs support local employment by providing residents of communities with opportunities to work as administrators and technicians contribute to economic development efforts to circulate revenues inside a community such as between local customers and service providers support QoS guarantees by providing on site points of contact First Nations clearly state their goal to take control and ownership of their local loop infrastructure as reflected in several resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations AFN Most recently Resolution 53 2011 supports the AFN

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