Internet and Telecom

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa’s delayed broadband fund welcomed with skepticism by interest groups

The government is ready to accept applications immediately

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference Friday October 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau pledges $1.75B to boost high-speed internet in remote communities

Universal Broadband Fund that was part of the Liberal budget announcement in early 2019

 

A person browses an e-commerce site on a computer in a photo illustration in Toronto, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Statistics Canada says Canadians have been spending more time and money online since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Canadians spend more money and time online during COVID pandemic: StatCan

The agency found in a survey conducted last month that 44 per cent of Canadians had spent more money online

 

Bell Canada’s head office is seen on Nun’s Island, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

CRTC to keep wholesale internet rates steady while reviewing decision to slash prices

The independent ISPs argue the wholesale prices have been set too high

Bell Canada’s head office is seen on Nun’s Island, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Connected Coast project leads request extension to 2023

Connected Coast project leads request extension to 2023

Islanders struggling with slower internet speeds amid pandemic

Connected Coast project leads request extension to 2023
Xplornet has announced that by Dec. 31, 2020 it will be discontinuing satellite service for less than 40 islanders. (Xplornet Communications Inc./Facebook photo)

‘When it gets pulled there’s nothing left’: Haida Gwaii losing Xplornet

Discontinuation of satellite service leaving dozens of residents across Haida Gwaii with no options

Xplornet has announced that by Dec. 31, 2020 it will be discontinuing satellite service for less than 40 islanders. (Xplornet Communications Inc./Facebook photo)
Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic

Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic

For 40 minutes at a time, parents can be free of the kids for whatever they need

Virtual babysitting helps parents juggle double responsibilities during pandemic
PhD candidate Tomas Borsa speaks at a June 25, 2019 Connected Life conference hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute. Borsa is currently on-island, surveying residents as part of doctoral research on how internet impacts life on Haida Gwaii. (Tomas Borsa/Submitted photo)

Oxford PhD candidate researching how internet impacts life on Haida Gwaii

Tomas Borsa surveying residents as part of Oxford Internet Institute doctoral research

PhD candidate Tomas Borsa speaks at a June 25, 2019 Connected Life conference hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute. Borsa is currently on-island, surveying residents as part of doctoral research on how internet impacts life on Haida Gwaii. (Tomas Borsa/Submitted photo)
FILE - The B.C. Ministry of Citizens’ Services announced targeted funding on April 24, 2020 to give people in rural, remote and Indigenous communities access to faster internet services during the COVID-19 pandemic. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

B.C. announces funding to improve rural internet connectivity during COVID-19

Internet providers throughout province can apply for grants up to $50,000 — or 90% of upgrade expenses

FILE - The B.C. Ministry of Citizens’ Services announced targeted funding on April 24, 2020 to give people in rural, remote and Indigenous communities access to faster internet services during the COVID-19 pandemic. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
The GwaiiTel internet network was restored on the afternoon of April 18, 2020 after being down for several hours for repairs. (Public Domain Pictures photo)

UPDATE: GwaiiTel internet network restored

Customers should still expect period interruptions throughout Saturday afternoon

The GwaiiTel internet network was restored on the afternoon of April 18, 2020 after being down for several hours for repairs. (Public Domain Pictures photo)
Light beams from a test strand of the underground fibre-optic line that the islands’ non-profit GwaiiTel Society installed between Old Massett, Tow Hill, and Skidegate in 2016. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)

Telus to take charge of TV and internet on Haida Gwaii following acquisition of Gwaii Communications

Haida Gwaii telecommunications service provider begins transition to new ownership following sale

Light beams from a test strand of the underground fibre-optic line that the islands’ non-profit GwaiiTel Society installed between Old Massett, Tow Hill, and Skidegate in 2016. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)