Networking

Preparing your campus for internet-hungry visitors

In the midst of a pandemic, when in-person events have been indefinitely postponed, might seem like a strange time to be planning the IT logistics for large-crowd events. But this is also the perfect time for organizations — particularly ones that normally host several in-person conferences a year — to rethink their IT procedures, in …

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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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Seeking civic partners to help host eduroam

Cybera is seeking municipal and library partners in Alberta who are interested in joining a free service that provides instant Wi-Fi access to a large subset of their visitors: eduroam. What is eduroam? Eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, global, Wi-Fi roaming service developed by the international research and education community, and available in more …

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Cybera’s response to CRTC investigation on disaggregated wholesale access

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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Canada’s Throne Speech made big internet promises. Now for the delivery.

Last week’s Speech from the Throne included many ambitious promises for supporting Canadians as they transition through COVID-19 and adapt to the needs of a 21st Century digital economy. From Cybera’s perspective, one of the more interesting goals mentioned in the speech related to improving connectivity in the country: “The Government will accelerate the connectivity timelines and …

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Piloting a Canadian route to Microsoft Azure: lessons learned

Public clouds, such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, are increasingly becoming a popular choice for hosting an organization’s IT infrastructure and services. They can often provide managed and semi-managed services more efficiently than an average in-house IT department. With more Cybera members leveraging public cloud services such as these, we are looking at ways …

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How federal decisions on wholesale rates impacts internet prices for all Canadians

On August 15, 2020, the federal government issued a controversial statement regarding an ongoing disagreement between incumbent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and wholesale internet providers over the wholesale rates set by the CRTC. In its statement, the government seemingly supported an argument advanced by Canada’s big three telecoms providers. They claimed that current regulations requiring …

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University of Alberta sees many upsides after switching to IPv6

In 2018, the University of Alberta switched its wifi to IPv6 (internet protocol version 6). Raymond Richmond, Team Lead for IST at the University, talks about his experience with becoming IPv6-enabled, and the benefits that have come with making the change. (One of the biggest benefits right now is being able to offer a more …

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Edmonton Public Library becomes first public institution in Alberta to offer eduroam

This summer, the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) became the first non-post-secondary education institution in Alberta to offer eduroam, a world-wide roaming internet access service. This means any staff or students from an eduroam-connected institution — such as NAIT, the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and Concordia University of Edmonton — who have eduroam set up …

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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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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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Updating our review of Alberta’s connectivity crisis

In April, Cybera’s policy team created a white paper to highlight and address the internet crisis in Alberta. As COVID-19 continues to impact schools and businesses in the province, this problem of access and connectivity has not gone away. In the original white paper, we provided suggestions for how the provincial government and large ISPs can work …

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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’s response to CRTC consultation on barriers to deploying broadband

Last week, Cybera submitted a response to the CRTC’s Notice of Consultation 2019-406: Call for comments regarding potential barriers to the deployment of broadband-capable networks in underserved areas in Canada. In 2018, the CRTC finalized the Broadband Fund, a $750 Million investment over five years to fund broadband-capable networks across Canada. Its intention is to: “Fund projects …

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New white paper addresses the connectivity crisis in Alberta

The current COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the connectivity issues faced by rural Albertans. There is an opportunity for the provincial government, and large internet service providers (ISPs), to work together to fix this problem, now. Our policy team has developed a white paper highlighting the current need in the province, and proposing actionable next steps …

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