Federal government to put $305 million more into rural broadband

There’s still no national digital strategy, but the federal government is promising to put another $305 million over five years to extend and enhance broadband internet service for Canadians in rural and Northern communities.

Published on: February 12th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Second satellite to broaden Xplornet

The second phase in Xplornet Communication’s plan to bring improved fixed wireless broadband coverage to rural Canada began Thursday with the launch of a satellite from French Guiana.Xplornet owns the Canadian capacity of

Published on: July 6th, 2012 Howard Solomon

Groups plan super Wi-Fi network in U.S. towns

WASHINGTON -- University towns in rural areas will get more super Wi-Fi broadband service under a new effort announced Tuesday by a consortium of higher education associations, public interest groups and tech companies.The

Published on: June 27th, 2012 Grant Gross

Funding rural broadband: Whatever it takes

For rural communities looking to get ultra-fast broadband speeds increasingly seen in cities, there’s only one obstacle: Money. Getting it is the trick.Speakers at a rural broadband conference here, which wound up Thursday, had

Published on: May 25th, 2012 Howard Solomon

FCC to redirect phone subsidies to broadband

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will unveil a proposal Tuesday to phase out subsidies for traditional telephone service to rural areas, with the money transferred to a broadband deployment program.The Universal

Published on: February 7th, 2011 Grant Gross

Inukshuk adds spectrum from Vecima

Canada's next wireless spectrum auction likely won't be held for another year, but two of the country's biggest carriers have managed to extend their holdings in Saskatchewan. The Inukshuk Wireless Inc. consortium owned by

Published on: November 18th, 2010 Howard Solomon

Bell tweaks rates, gets OK for rural wireless plan

It took several tries, but BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada has finally been given the green light to use wireless instead of wireline technology for broadband in rural areas of Quebec and Ontario.In a

Published on: October 29th, 2010 Howard Solomon

CRTC chair attacks small telco protection plan

Small phone companies are facing pressures from wireline and wireless competitors hoping to move into the lucrative parts of their territories. However, a suggested plan from a group of Ontario small telcos to

Published on: October 28th, 2010 Howard Solomon

CRTC head, carrier spar over rural broadband target

It’s okay to set an unenforceable broadband speed target for carriers serving rural Canada to try to achieve, a phone company has told a telecommunications regulatory hearing -- but in no way should

Published on: October 26th, 2010 Howard Solomon