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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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Bi-Fi: Networking with Nature

April Fools! However, the lack of accessible internet is no laughing matter. Cybera would never think of strapping a wifi hotspot to an animal, but we are always thinking about how to improve access to connectivity. As Alberta’s not-for-profit organization responsible for driving economic growth through the use of digital technology, we strive to keep …

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CYBERA IS SEEKING K-12 ADVISORS

Cybera is looking to develop a new project or service for the K-12 sector that we can begin implementing in 2021/22. We are therefore inviting interested Albertans to join our K-12 advisory group, which will: Brainstorm new projects / services Advise on the development of those projects / services, as well as how Cybera can evolve its existing services  We are …

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Happy Holidays from Cybera!

(We’re dropping the price of our Internet Buying Group, again) As we head into the holiday season (and finally draw this year to a close!), Cybera is pleased to offer some good news for 2021: we are dropping the price of bandwidth in the Internet Buying Group from $1.30 per Mbps to $1.20 per Mbps. …

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New board members will strengthen Cybera’s education, non-profit focus

Cybera is pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors. Roy Daykin, John Schutte, and Helen Wetherly Knight will bring impressive experience and knowledge of the education and not-for-profit sectors to Cybera’s board. Roy DaykinChief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Services, SAIT With more than 30 years in the education system, Roy …

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Federal Government’s hesitation to support fair wholesale rates could make internet less affordable for Canadians

This past Saturday, August 15, federal minister Navdeep Bains issued a statement expressing concern about the CRTC’s August 2019 decision to cut wholesale internet rates. He stated that “these [reduced] rates may undermine investment in high-quality networks, particularly in rural and remote areas.“ The CRTC is responsible for setting the rates that incumbent network operators …

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Cost savings and new training initiatives: the latest from ShareIT

Alberta’s ShareIT public procurement program has reported its most productive quarter ever in terms of creating cost savings. Between April 1 and June 30, 2020, the program facilitated $4.26 million in savings for its participating institutions. This number was calculated by comparing the actual spend on IT tools, licensing, and services to what organizations would have …

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Data science industry fellowship helps Albertans gain real-world experience

Cybera, in partnership with Alberta Innovates, has resumed its Data Science Industry Fellowships that was successfully piloted in 2019. The program, which commenced today, helps emerging data scientists (fellows) gain employment opportunities by providing them with real-world data science experience. In parallel, the fellowships support Alberta-based organizations in adopting data science projects that will help …

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Cybera continues to drive cost-savings for Alberta’s education sector

Cybera has once again dropped the set rate for bandwidth in its Internet Buying Group, reducing the price from $1.35 to $1.30 per Mbps. This is the 14th price drop for the bulk buying service since its launch in 2012. Coupled with Cybera’s Peering service, the Internet Buying Group has so far saved members organizations (including post-secondary …

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Cybera’s shared procurement service adds audiovisual / Adobe licensing services

The Cybera-operated Alberta ShareIT Program provides cybersecurity and training services to Alberta’s education sector, as well as a highly valued cost-saving procurement service. This procurement service has now expanded its catalogue of offerings. With schools and post-secondary institutions adapting to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for affordable and accessible online tools …

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Alberta Innovates and Cybera team up to offer a Data Science Fellowship program

This summer, Alberta Innovates and Cybera will be offering a Data Science Fellowship program to interested Albertans. This is an opportunity for budding data scientists to gain real-world experience with local companies. The program will run in stages throughout 2020, with the first intake group starting in August 2020. How will it work? A team of …

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Free webinar will look at IT asset management and cost optimization

Geared to Canadian CIOs and IT heads, this event will review ways to audit (and rationalize) your organization's IT assets. With every passing year, it becomes more challenging to assess and optimize current IT assets. Leaders are facing increasing demands for technology-delivered capabilities, and less organizational tolerance for an IT asset that is not being used (or …

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Alberta Innovates announces results from COVID-19 Data Science Hackathon

Edmonton, Alberta – The COVID-19 Data Science Hackathon (hackathon), a partnership between CYBERA and Alberta Innovates, has wrapped up. 120 individuals and teams participated in the hackathon. 20 final submissions were made giving their best ideas on how to flatten the COVID-19 curve or promote economic recovery. Participants used data to create new insights and understandings …

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It’s time to get Canada connected

Cybera has joined a cross-Canada coalition of organizations and businesses who are pushing for widespread internet access to be made a priority by government and telcos. Even before the social distancing policies that have come into force to fight COVID-19, people have become increasingly reliant on the Internet to access work, education, training, government services …

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Cybera and Alberta education institutions expand collaborative partnership

Working with the Alberta Association for Higher Education Information Technology, Cybera will expand the learning, cybersecurity, and purchasing power of the province’s education sectors. In a move that will increase the technology capabilities of Alberta’s educational institutions, while reducing costs, the Alberta Association for Higher Education Information Technology (AAHEIT) has voted to join with Cybera’s …

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Cybera and Alberta Innovates team up on COVID-19 hackathon

COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and “flattening the curve” is a critical approach for slowing the spread of the disease. Alberta Innovates, together with Cybera, are holding a virtual open data science hackathon from April 10 to May 8. The goal is to: Build data driven insights into “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 infections Map …

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