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  • Educational Broadband Use Driving Demand in Conne River, Newfoundland | FirstMile
    D image for her grade ten class easy That s why she loves her Smart Notebook she can copy an online image and paste it into a file for that class which allows her to save it for the next time she teaches Since she started using the Smart Notebook she has been able to spend more time on task teaching her students instead of trying to draw complex math formulas and pictures I used to put notes on the board and once it s erased off the board it was gone says John Now she can spend more time in class with the students when they have questions instead of replicating her work over and over John also feels technology in the classroom is carrying over to studying math in the home in a new way It s tremendous in terms of what they can learn she said John explained that she knows of students who access tools like Khan Academy at home Khan Academy is a free personalized online learning platform where students can explore topics like computer science math science and art This allows students to take their learning further by doing research with online classes and digital textbooks Keeping broadband up to date is a challenge according to Brian Benoit who used to be a classroom teacher but has since become the go to guy for all things technical He would know Benoit set up the school s first Internet connection back in the 1990s by climbing up on the roof and perching a satellite dish there to create a dial in server First satellite dish installed in Conne River photo from Brian Benoit The school became the community portal to the web Soon after commercial providers came in and offered a better connection When the school was upgraded to a T1 connection Brian thought connectivity would be better but today it still isn t meeting their needs With 200 students a computer lab and multiple connections for smart boards iPads and other classroom technology soon even the faster line wasn t fast enough This was due to the demand created by users the more people used the technology the higher demand on the available connectivity It s weird about the Internet because when you start out you get dial up and you think oh that s almost good and as soon as you get it you outgrow it Then you get DSL and out outgrow it immediately said Benoit That s the nature of the beast When you look at the Internet and the way it s growing and the way people access the Internet your needs change and as soon as you realize you can do things because of the added bandwidth you embrace it This illustrates how is it important to think about bandwidth and other broadband resources in terms of what they can do to fill demand rather than the bare minimum of service they can provide For example Benoit says his

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  • Residents of Natuashish struggle with slow, expensive connectivity | FirstMile
    difficult and frustrating Fewer said Since the school isn t subject to the same bottleneck as residential services it should be fast but according to Principal Fewer it s anything but As a result staff face constant frustration in carrying out basic tasks now done online For example attendance is tracked and submitted online but what would take about ten minutes with a better connection takes him more than an hour each day School announcements are posted online but since people in the community cannot reliably access the Internet administrators have to rely on old fashioned techniques like letters home and radio announcements to distribute school news Natuashish School Photo from Christiane Henningsen The slow connection is also holding teachers back in the classroom Fewer says because they can t use tools that need online connectivity Natuashish students won t be able to learn through any interactive science based websites because Fewer knows they won t be able to use them so they don t subscribe An online cloud library service Tumblebooks is paid for by the school board but not functional in Natuashish Limitations due to slow connectivity extend to other public services including health care Christiane Henningsen one of the Home and Community Care Nurses in Natuashish agrees that it makes people feel left behind when they can t get online It makes me feel like I m a second class citizen because I m not good enough for people to bother to provide the service that everybody else in Canada takes for granted she told First Mile Telehealth programs are not available in the community because the broadband connectivity is not stable enough to support it so outside specialists have to fly in to serve patients or community members need to be flown out The care Henningsen feels she can offer to the community suffers because of the lack of connectivity if I had a more reliable internet connection I could do my job better and faster she said The health clinic had no internet service at all for two months this past spring the second full outage in two years Nurses had to spend much of their time going back and forth between an unreliable home connection and a non existent one at the clinic to send emails or look up health care information Natuashish Health Commission Photo from Christiane Henningsen Health care in general is trying to go towards electronic data storage and we cannot be a part of this because the connectivity is so slow says Henningsen While they can email electronic medical records back and forth there is no way for outside medical records to be merged with ones in the community This means she has to rely on old fashioned phone calls and parallel record systems resulting in less continuity for patient records Henningsen also said her quality of life is directly affected by the lack of internet and she says she has heard of others who say they will not be

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  • robmcmahon | FirstMile
    Infrastructure Manitoba Saskatchewan News On Haida Gwaii Creative Locals Push Digital Innovation Posted on November 18 2015 November 18 2015 by robmcmahon By Jennifer Leask For some people living in Haida Gwaii better internet connectivity and local economic development go hand in hand The efforts of these tech savvy islanders aren t focused on catching up with urban residents they are about taking the lead Patrick Shannon is one of those people The 26 year old Haida man grew up in Skidegate Posted in British Columbia Community services Community Stories Economic Development Infrastructure News Uncategorised Educational Broadband Use Driving Demand in Conne River Newfoundland Posted on October 26 2015 April 18 2016 by robmcmahon By Jennifer Leask If you ask Rod Jeddore Education Director for St Anne s school in Conne River Newfoundland what being circled in a classroom is the answer is different than what you expect It s the circle on the screen when something is loading loading loading said Jeddore Jeddore and other residents of Conne River Posted in Atlantic Community Stories CRTC E Learning News Residents of Natuashish struggle with slow expensive connectivity Posted on October 6 2015 October 28 2015 by robmcmahon By Jennifer Leask No school smartboards no telehealth no Netflix no Facebook no Skype no new Internet connections Most Canadians wouldn t have put up with those conditions years ago But in the isolated community of Natuashish it s the modern reality This community of 750 Mushuau Innu on the Northern coast of Labrador can only be Posted in Atlantic Community Stories CRTC e Health E Justice E Learning Economic Development News First Mile answers CRTC questions about Basic Telecommunication Services and online applications in remote communities Posted on September 22 2015 October 28 2015 by robmcmahon Yesterday September 21 the First Mile Connectivity Consortium FMCC submitted details about the need for affordable accessible broadband in remote northern and Indigenous communities We also provided information about some of the many innovative ways that people in these communities are developing and using broadband for applications like health education justice and economic development Our Posted in Uncategorised Indigenous youth innovators and First Mile featured in Motherboard news story Posted on September 1 2015 October 28 2015 by robmcmahon Bandwidth How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure A story in Motherboard about how First Mile youth in the Ochiichagwe Babigo Ining Ojibway Nation in Ontario built and now operate their own broadband infrastructure The story points to many other examples of innovation taking place in Indigenous communities across Canada as showcased on the www firstmile ca Posted in Uncategorised 2015 CRTC Review of Telesat s Pricing for Satellite Services Posted on August 22 2015 October 18 2015 by robmcmahon On August 21 2015 the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015 133 Review of Telesat Canada s price ceiling for C band fixed satellite services The FMCC strongly believes that a price ceiling for C band FSS service remains

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  • CRTC | FirstMile
    only be Posted in Atlantic Community Stories CRTC e Health E Justice E Learning Economic Development News 2015 CRTC Review of Telesat s Pricing for Satellite Services Posted on August 22 2015 October 18 2015 by robmcmahon On August 21 2015 the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015 133 Review of Telesat Canada s price ceiling for C band fixed satellite services The FMCC strongly believes that a price ceiling for C band FSS service remains appropriate because there is no realistic alternative to Telesat to provide FSS service in Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC First Mile Connectivity Consortium part of CRTC BSO hearings Posted on July 15 2015 July 15 2015 by brianbeaton Yesterday July 14 was the deadline for the first round of input into a historic government CRTC hearings on the Basic Service Objectives for telecommunication services across Canada The First Mile Connectivity Consortium was one of over 300 organizations and individuals that have entered the hearing before yesterday s deadline The hearing CRTC 2015 134 Review of Posted in Community Stories CRTC FMCC National News 2015 2016 CRTC Review of the Basic Service Objective BSO Posted on July 15 2015 December 12 2015 by robmcmahon On July 14 2015 the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015 134 Review of basic telecommunications services We provided evidence demonstrating that the existing model for ensuring that telecommunications services are available and affordable in rural remote and northern areas has fallen short of the needs of community members and Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC CRTC BSO Announced Posted on April 12 2015 April 12 2015 by susanodonnell This week the CRTC announced the review of basic telecommunications services for all Canadians The process asks Canadians about connectivity broadband speeds and participation in the digital world This is the start of a two phase process the first of which concludes on June 30 2015 The FMCC team is planning their submission and involvement in Posted in CRTC News Learn more about Northwestern s Modernization Plan Posted on March 31 2015 April 12 2015 by calkenny Download Northwestel s updated Modernization Plan Jan 16 2013 Download Northwestel s original Modernization Plan July 3 2012 Download Northwestel s response to several requests to disclose information Feb 15 2012 Visit Northwestel s website about the hearings Frequently asked questions from the company Summary Modernization Plan from CRTC website Northwestel s Modernization Plan outlined the details of a projected Posted in CRTC 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

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  • Current and Recent Activities | FirstMile
    northern and remote Indigenous communities The work is currently underway The scope includes a literature review and exploring and testing different methodologies for measuring digital technology adoption These results will be useful not only for policy makers but also for Posted in Current and Recent Activities FMCC News 2015 CRTC Review of Telesat s Pricing for Satellite Services Posted on August 22 2015 October 18 2015 by robmcmahon On August 21 2015 the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015 133 Review of Telesat Canada s price ceiling for C band fixed satellite services The FMCC strongly believes that a price ceiling for C band FSS service remains appropriate because there is no realistic alternative to Telesat to provide FSS service in Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC 2015 2016 CRTC Review of the Basic Service Objective BSO Posted on July 15 2015 December 12 2015 by robmcmahon On July 14 2015 the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015 134 Review of basic telecommunications services We provided evidence demonstrating that the existing model for ensuring that telecommunications services are available and affordable in rural remote and northern areas has fallen short of the needs of community members and Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC 2014 Industry Canada Spectrum Policy 3500 MHz Band AWS Posted on October 8 2014 April 21 2016 by robmcmahon FMCC made submissions in 2014 to Industry Canada on two different aspects of Spectrum Policy On October 7 2014 the FMCC submitted a position paper to Industry Canada regarding Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas Reference number DGSO 003 14 The paper outlined the benefits of a First Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC 2014 CRTC Let s Talk TV Consultations Posted 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 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

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  • FMCC | FirstMile
    service in Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC First Mile Connectivity Consortium part of CRTC BSO hearings Posted on July 15 2015 July 15 2015 by brianbeaton Yesterday July 14 was the deadline for the first round of input into a historic government CRTC hearings on the Basic Service Objectives for telecommunication services across Canada The First Mile Connectivity Consortium was one of over 300 organizations and individuals that have entered the hearing before yesterday s deadline The hearing CRTC 2015 134 Review of Posted in Community Stories CRTC FMCC National News 2015 2016 CRTC Review of the Basic Service Objective BSO Posted on July 15 2015 December 12 2015 by robmcmahon On July 14 2015 the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015 134 Review of basic telecommunications services We provided evidence demonstrating that the existing model for ensuring that telecommunications services are available and affordable in rural remote and northern areas has fallen short of the needs of community members and Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC Presentations from First Mile Connectivity Consortium K atl odeeche First Nation and Eeyou Communication Network Posted on March 31 2015 April 12 2015 by calkenny Inuvik Hearing June 17 2013 Oral presentation from Eeyou Communication Network DOWNLOAD PDF Whitehorse Hearing June 19 2013 Opening comments from Rob McMahon First Mile Connectivity Consortium DOWNLOAD DOC Final spoken comments slightly different wording DOC Expert witness testimony from Prof Heather Hudson DOWNLOAD DOC Testimony from Brian Beaton former manager KO KNET Posted in FMCC 2014 Industry Canada Spectrum Policy 3500 MHz Band AWS Posted on October 8 2014 April 21 2016 by robmcmahon FMCC made submissions in 2014 to Industry Canada on two different aspects of Spectrum Policy On October 7 2014 the FMCC submitted a position paper to Industry Canada regarding Policy Changes in the 3500 MHz Band and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas Reference number DGSO 003 14 The paper outlined the benefits of a First Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC 2014 CRTC Let s Talk TV Consultations Posted 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

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  • Publications | FirstMile
    organizations Many of these funds are also available to private sector entities While telecommunications Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC News Publications Research Uncategorised Complete publication list with links for download Posted on March 21 2015 April 12 2015 by calkenny Click here to download a document with a complete list of publications from the First Nations Innovation project This pdf document that you can download above contains the references abstracts and links to all our publications online To access a publication click on the hyperlink in the publication reference when you are online From Posted in Publications Posts navigation 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

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  • Research | FirstMile
    available to private sector entities While telecommunications Posted in CRTC Current and Recent Activities FMCC News Publications Research Uncategorised MWC gets SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant for literature review Posted on April 24 2016 April 24 2016 by brianbeaton PROJECT TITLE Supporting Indigenous Resurgence with Digital Technologies PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR David Perley Director MWC Education UNB CO INVESTIGATOR Susan O Donnell Adjunct Professor Sociology UNB PROJECT DATES April 11 to October 16 2016 BRIEF DESCRIPTION The project will produce a comprehensive literature review answering the question how can digital technologies support Indigenous resurgence and learning of Indigenous cultures Posted in Atlantic Current and Recent Activities Education Location News Research Posts navigation 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

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