Connecting Kaslo

High-speed internet is a luxury — or non-existent — in many rural, remote, and First Nations communities across BC. In this video produced by Connected Communities BC, the experience of the remote West Kootenay village of Kaslo, home to less than 1,000 inhabitants, and possibly the world’s smallest community-controlled, fibre-enabled internet network, the Kaslo InfoNet Continue reading


$50M available from B.C. government to improve rural Internet

The Province is now ready to accept applications from rural communities wishing to access some of the $50 million earmarked in the spring of 2019 to be used to connect rural, remote, and indigenous communities to high-speed internet, as highlighted in this post from CBC.   It’s easy to forget the internet isn’t everywhere, yet Continue reading


Canada

Canada’s Rural Economic Development Minister Invites Public Ideas On Ways to Expand Rural Opportunity — News Release

Ottawa, Ontario, March 25, 2019 – Canadians living in rural and northern communities have unique needs. Access to better and more modern infrastructure, affordable housing, and faster, more reliable Internet Service can make a big difference in the quality of life for rural Canadians.   The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s newly-appointed Minister of Rural Economic Development, is Continue reading


Internet expands in rural BC

Internet Expands in Rural BC & First Nations

The B.C. government has shared details on funding to bring high-speed internet connections to more rural and Indigenous communities. The province announced more than $11 million in funding through the Connecting British Columbia program, which will reach 33 communities. The main areas to receive fibre-optic internet cable will be Haida Gwaii, the areas between Whistler Continue reading


Haida Gwai gets fibre optic internet

Haida Gwaii homes to get high-speed fibre optic internet

 A $4.9-million project will connect hundreds more Haida Gwaii homes to affordable high-speed internet, reports Andrew Hudson of the Haida Gwai Observer. Thanks to funding announced Tuesday by the Canadian and B.C. governments as well as Gwaii Trust, local internet provider Gwaii Communications will soon start extending the islands’ fibre-optic internet network and offering free Continue reading


Olds, Alberta Goes High Tech

Olds, Alberta agrees with the following statement: “It’s difficult to argue against the observation that the 21st economy is increasingly dominated by new and emerging technologies. Cities and towns that fail to acknowledge and act upon this are destined to become — or remain — economic backwaters.” Olds (pop. 9,200) has become a leading example Continue reading


Digital Nomads Are Redefining Work in the Kootenays

A year ago, the Revelstoke Mountaineer noted that the workplace is changing beyond recognition, thanks to new technologies like web collaboration tools, smartphones, and next generation internet connectivity, freeing folks to work from wherever they want. We have entered the Age of Digital Nomads. Henning Schipper is amongst the new class of digital nomads freed Continue reading


ontario's rural broadband challenge

Ontario’s Rural Broadband Challenge

Ontario’s rural broadband challenge is highlighted in this article by Dave Reevely, originally published in the Ottawa Citizen.   Running subsidized Internet lines to rural Ontario has an important thing in common with the provincial government’s plan to pay for new natural-gas pipes to the same places: There’s private money to be made. We can’t Continue reading


do-it-youself rural internet

Do-It-Yourself Rural Internet?

 Do-it-yourself rural Internet? Ramona Pringle penned this interesting opinion piece on rural communities who have stepped up to provide their residents with high-speed Internet for CBC News.   If you live in rural areas of Canada, chances are you’ve developed a coping ritual for waiting for email attachments to load. Maybe you hit “download” and Continue reading


Rural Bandwidth + Creative Entrepreneurs = Kootenay Business TV

MOST SMALL towns — let alone tiny villages and rural regions — lack daily newspapers, or radio and television stations. News tends to flow in only one direction in BC — from Vancouver & Victoria out to the rest of us! Well, two new medias pioneers — Kerry McArthur and Mark Wolfe — are changing that, Continue reading