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Registration for the upcoming rural connectivity hackathon is now open!

April 13, 2021

Cybera, in partnership with ISAIC, is hosting a hackathon with the goal of discovering how rural connectivity impacts the quality of life, economic diversification, and education for rural and remote communities in Alberta. Through this four-week online sprint, participants will be able to work in groups, or individually, to solve a real world data challenge. …

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

April 13, 2021

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

April 8, 2021

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 1, 2021

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 has joined the NLNOG RING: a global tool for network testing (and debugging)

March 3, 2021

Last fall, Cybera joined the NLNOG RING, a global community of network operators that enables fast network debugging. The RING platform essentially provides a trusted network of virtual machines, allowing individual operators to quickly run tests and analyses to pinpoint routing issues. Cybera is one of only a handful of Canadian network operators that have …

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

February 2, 2021

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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CYBERA IS SEEKING K-12 ADVISORS

January 20, 2021

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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Strengthening Connections In Times of Change

December 22, 2020

Celebrating Canada’s research and education community – especially now In 2020, the global pandemic meant Canada’s research, education and innovation sector had to pivot quickly. From moving rapidly to remote education delivery at the outset of the pandemic, to focusing new efforts on COVID-19 research and ensuring the security of information across the ecosystem, Canadians …

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Happy Holidays from Cybera!

December 17, 2020

(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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Canada’s new privacy bill – what it means for Canadians

November 19, 2020

This past Tuesday, November 17, the federal government announced it was tabling Bill C-11, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA). This bill represents a significant shift in privacy legislation in Canada. It follows a period of public consultations initiated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), including last year’s calls for comments on the modernization …

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Cybera data science consultation opens up opportunities for carbon capture and storage

November 12, 2020

Earlier this year, Cybera’s data science team ran a month-long partnership with carbon, capture, storage and utilization company, CMC Research Institutes. Our objective was to help investigate their carbon injection data, which they had been collecting for about a year. The overall goal was to improve the efficiency of their facility, and mitigate any well …

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Cybera’s response to CRTC investigation on disaggregated wholesale access

October 6, 2020

On June 11, 2020, the CRTC issued a Call for comments – Appropriate network configuration for disaggregated wholesale high-speed access services. Their goal was to address a number of outstanding issues related to the Commission’s earlier decision (2015-326) to move Canada’s wholesale high speed access regime from a disaggregated to an aggregated model.  Under the previous, …

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