Advocacy

Make your voice heard on the future of rural broadband

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology is undertaking a study on Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada. Cybera will be submitting a brief to the Committee. We are inviting members, stakeholders and interested parties to share their experiences and input with us to incorporate into our submission. We believe this is …

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The dream of connecting Canada’s north has taken a huge leap forward

The Northwest Territories (NWT), like much of Canada’s north, faces serious disparities with internet access. A 2014 government survey found that, on average, around 20% of households in NWT were without internet. But this is just the average; in communities such as Fort Providence, Nahanni Butte, or Detah, the reality is that nearly two-thirds of …

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Cybera’s data science team to explore Canada’s internet regulatory process

A year after launching its data science team, Cybera is now ready to take on external projects from stakeholders looking to discover the utility of their data. For their first major project, the team has received funding to examine the thousands of documents and testimonials that were provided to the CRTC for its 2016 “basic …

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Is internet as vital as electricity?

BCNet’s 2017 opening keynote speaker, cybersecurity expert Robert Herjavec (yes, the guy from Dragons Den and Shark Tank) proposed that the internet has evolved to become as necessary as electricity. He put it more eloquently than this, but essentially, he believes that the internet will soon be everywhere on earth and connected to everything, to …

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CRTC Declares Broadband Internet Access a Basic Telecommunications Service – How Communities Can Benefit

Griping about a slow internet connection has become the unofficial pastime of rural Canadians. But a recent CRTC decision may improve this state of affairs. In December 2016, the commission ruled that residential fixed broadband and mobile broadband internet access are basic telecommunications services—equal in importance to the landline telephone of the 20th century. The …

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Albertan elected to global internet advisory council

An active voice in Alberta’s telecommunications community, Alyssa Moore, has been elected to the Advisory Council of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). She is the first Albertan, and first member of Canada’s National Research and Education Network, to take on this role. Over the next three years, Alyssa will work with an elected …

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Canada’s Internet Performance: What the Numbers Show

By the Cybera Data Science Team Introduction To an ever increasing degree, participation in the economy and society at large is mediated by the internet. If people don’t have good internet access, they feel disenfranchised. Currently in Canada, there are many, many people who feel disenfranchised. For several years now, it has seemed that internet …

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Cybera recognized for its support of gender diversity in IT

This week, Cybera’s Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Barb Carra, was pleased to represent Cybera as it accepted the inaugural KNOVO Award of Distinction for corporate gender diversity. Cybera was one of 11 organizations honoured at the awards ceremony, which was held on Tuesday in Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium. KNOVO was launched in 2015 …

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CRTC Wraps Up Hearing on the Future of Broadband in Canada

Last month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) wrapped up a three-week hearing on the future of broadband in Canada. Nearly 90 academics, public interest groups, individuals, municipalities, and telecom companies appeared before the commission to comment on the feasibility of including high speed internet as a “basic telecommunications service.” The scope of the …

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