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Rogers, feds announce eastern Ontario wireless expansion project

telecom | 03/19/2021 4:13 pm EDT

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the Province of Ontario, the federal government, and Rogers Communications Inc. Friday announced a $300 million project with the goal of connecting 99 per cent of homes, businesses and major roads in the eastern Ontario region with wireless service.  Of the total funding for the project, Rogers has committed $150 million, with the provincial and federal government each committing $71 million, and the remaining $10 million from the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus.  EORN, which is spearheading the Cell...

Monsef: encouraging competition will be a factor in UBF funding

telecom | 02/18/2021 5:14 pm EST

Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef said that the federal government is hoping to promote competition within the telecommunications sector as it awards funding for projects from the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF).  “Our government also believes in competition...and connecting as many Canadians as quickly as possible, we’re working very closely with communities themselves to move this forward,” Monsef said during a press conference on Thursday at which she announced the funding of $6.75 million worth of broadband projects in southern British Columbia.  Monsef pointed...

UBF won’t have fixed affordability requirements 

telecom | 11/19/2020 5:30 pm EST

Government officials have indicated that the newly-launched Universal Broadband Fund will seek to allow for affordable internet pricing across Canada, although it will not impose many firm or fixed affordability requirements on...

CIB, UBF to collaborate on projects that fall between market cracks

telecom | 11/13/2020 12:08 pm EST

The $2 billion Canadian Infrastructure Bank rural broadband fund will seek...

Feds boost Universal Broadband Fund by $750M

telecom | 11/09/2020 12:57 pm EST

The federal government announced the launch of its long-awaited Universal Broadband Fund Monday morning,...

Infrastructure Bank earmarks additional $1B for rural broadband

telecom | 10/01/2020 7:46 pm EDT

The Liberal government is doubling the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s...

Committee studies, reports on hold as Parliament prorogued

telecom | 08/18/2020 6:38 pm EDT

With Tuesday's prorogation of Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put the brakes on a number of telecom-related studies underway in various House of Commons committees.  The House industry committee had been working on a pair of reports, one about how to deal...

Two new CTI projects announced in Quebec

telecom | 08/04/2020 5:25 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development on Tuesday announced that it would be funding two separate projects in rural Quebec under its $585 million Connect to Innovate program.  In a release, ISED said it was giving just...

UBF should focus on both backbone, last mile, ISPs told ISED

telecom | 07/28/2020 2:22 pm EDT

At a discussion about Ottawa’s now-delayed Universal Broadband Fund with...

Broadcaster pushes for new multilingual channel as COVID lobbying continues

Media | 07/14/2020 3:33 pm EDT

An Ontario-based ethnic broadcaster lobbying the government for funding to...

Universal Broadband Fund applications to open in ‘coming days’: Monsef

telecom | 06/08/2020 7:18 pm EDT

The federal government will open applications for its $1.7 billion...

Monsef tight-lipped on rural broadband funding announcement

telecom | 06/05/2020 5:01 pm EDT

Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef says “precise...

2025 offered as connectivity target as pressure to fast track rises

telecom | 05/19/2020 2:01 pm EDT

Universal connectivity at the CRTC’s universal service objective speeds...

Spectrum funds could achieve broadband targets before 2030: telecoms

telecom | 05/14/2020 9:35 pm EDT

An NDP plan for the federal government to add money raised from past and...

No hexagons for UBF, Monsef confirms

telecom | 05/11/2020 9:28 pm EDT

The federal government’s upcoming $1.7 billion Universal Broadband Fund won’t use the...

COVID-19 accelerating rural/urban connectivity divide: CIRA

telecom | 05/08/2020 5:49 pm EDT

Rural home internet speeds during the first full month where Canadians shifted to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic were almost 12 times slower than the median speed for urban Canadians, according to speed test analysis conducted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.  According to results of the CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, performed on 3,280 rural homes and 13,876 urban ones during April, the median home internet download speed in rural Canada decreased to 3.78 Mbps, while the median speed in urban Canada increased to 44.09 Mbps, 11.7 times faster.  The...

Conservatives call for universal rural broadband by 2021

telecom | 05/06/2020 6:45 pm EDT

Under a rural broadband policy platform put out for public consultation by...

Federal government to accelerate rural broadband funds: Monsef

telecom | 04/29/2020 3:49 pm EDT

The federal government will speed up its rural broadband funding in...

Blair says ‘no timeline’ on Huawei ban; Bains promises ‘more’ on prices

Media | 11/20/2019 1:51 pm EST

OTTAWA — New Public Safety Minister Bill Blair indicated Wednesday he is...