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Lend your voice to ARCC’s submission to ISED

ARCC’s response to this consultation was submitted on November 21, 2022 with over 20 seconders, including the City of Calgary and other municipalities. To stay informed of future consultations, sign up for our mailing list. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is currently undertaking a consultation to inform its management of spectrum over the next …

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New Alberta broadband support to address funding gaps

Re-printed from the Cybera website Last week, Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish announced the Alberta Broadband Fund, a $36 million allocation of funding to support broadband deployment in Alberta that will begin taking applications this fall. This funding is part of the province’s previously announced $390 million investment in Alberta broadband projects that is being …

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Profile: The City of Brooks

To attract new businesses and homebuyers — and improve internet speeds for current residents — the City of Brooks has begun construction on a next-generation fibre optic network, utilizing an open-access, co-ownership model. Slow speeds slow down growth Information from the Canadian Internet Registration Association (CIRA) shows that approximately 72% of Brooks’ residents are currently …

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Internet experts and leaders share local solutions at the Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum

Last month, the Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition (ARCC) hosted its second annual Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum, which brought together community leaders from across the province. The two-day event, held in Sylvan Lake, highlighted the differing  internet access issues faced by many Alberta communities, and evaluated opportunities available through the Government of Alberta’s new rural broadband …

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Alberta budget and broadband strategy hold promise, but concerns remain

Last month, Alberta’s Finance Minister Travis Toews tabled the provincial government’s Budget 2022. It builds on a number of commitments outlined in the government’s Alberta Recovery Plan and Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy by introducing a number of investments relevant to advanced education, innovation, and skilled labour development. The provincial government is earmarking …

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Alberta Broadband Strategy aims to close the digital divide by 2026

Today, Premier Jason Kenney and Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish released the long-awaited Alberta Broadband Strategy 2022: connecting Albertans, growing the economy. Cybera was pleased to see many of the initiatives we have previously advocated for in the new strategy, which we believe are necessary to create vital connectivity links in the province. The strategy …

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New report takes a comprehensive look at Alberta’s internet gaps and opportunities

After a year of researching, Cybera (Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator) has unveiled a comprehensive update to its State of Alberta Digital Infrastructure Report. This timely analysis comes as internet connectivity and access to high-speed broadband have taken on heightened levels of importance in the province, due to COVID-19. The updated report, first published in 2014, provides an …

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New website shines a light on Alberta’s rural connectivity gaps

Responding to the ongoing struggles faced by rural Albertans to access high-speed, affordable internet, the Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition has unveiled a new website to offer resources and learning events for those wanting to find local solutions. The website will allow communities and networking experts to collaborate on local projects to provide internet to residents, …

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How CRTC flip-flop on wholesale internet will hurt consumers

Last week, in a move that has already negatively impacted consumer internet costs in Canada, the CRTC reversed it’s 2019 decision to lower the rates charged by large ISPs to wholesale service providers for access to their networks. Wholesale internet providers, such as TekSavvy and Distributel, will now have to pay the higher, pre-2019 rates …

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Cybera’s take on Canada signing the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement

On May 3, 2021, Cybera submitted its response to Global Affairs Canada’s consultation on Canada’s possible accession to the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA).  The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement is a new international trade policy instrument that aims to address the transborder governance of a number of emerging digital economy issues. Initiated by Chile, New …

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Federal Budget 2021 invests in research, connectivity and data governance

On April 19, the federal government tabled its 2021 budget: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Resilience. The first federal budget tabled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it contained a number of economic measures to address Canada’s path to recovery over the next year and onwards, including expansions to the federal wage …

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Closing the gap: a look back at the Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum

On March 23-24, Cybera hosted the Alberta Rural Connectivity Forum, a two-day virtual event that brought together community leaders and policymakers to discuss the state of connectivity in Alberta. Divided into two days— Community Broadband Updates on day 1 and Regulatory & Technical Solutions on day 2 — the event outlined the infrastructure and funding …

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Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition Will Address The Province’s Internet Woes

In an effort to address the internet access and pricing issues that plague thousands of Albertans, a group of community associations, non-profit technology advocates, academics and individuals have teamed up to form the Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition.  Across Canada, only 46% of rural and remote communities have access to broadband speeds of at least 50 …

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Cybera’s response to the federal committee’s study on broadband connectivity

Last week, Cybera submitted a brief to the federal government’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU). The INDU committee is currently studying the accessibility and affordability of telecommunications services in Canada.  The INDU committee previously studied broadband affordability and access in 2017. That investigation produced the Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada: Overcoming the …

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