Community Broadband Policy
Govenment policy, regulation and support of broadband deployment is an important factor in the development
of community internet access. Rural versus urban, competition and existing industry segments are all factors
which must be taken into account. On this page we sample global direction. The importance to senior governments
of widely accessable broadband access to the internet.
FCC Adopts Rules for Broadband Over Power Lines (pdf):
"Access BPL is a new technology that provides access to high speed broadband services using the largely
untapped communications capabilities of the nationŐs power grid. By facilitating access to BPL,
the Commission takes an important step toward increasing the availability of broadband"October 14, 2004
FCC Removes More Roadblocks to Broadband Deployment in Residential Neighborhoods (pdf):
relieved incumbent local telephone companies of most obligations to lease advanced fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network
facilities to competitors at a regulated, cost-based price. The FCC found that those obligations discouraged
incumbent carriersŐ investment in FTTH broadband facilities."October 14, 2004
World Summit on the Information Society: Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005
The World Summit on the Information Society will provide a unique opportunity for all
key stakeholders to assemble at a high-level gathering and to develop a better
understanding of this revolution and its impact on the international community.
It aims to bring together Heads of State, Executive Heads of United Nations agencies,
industry leaders, non-governmental organizations, media representatives and civil
society in a single high-level event. The roles of the various partners (Member States,
UN specialized agencies, private sector and civil society) in ensuring smooth coordination
of the practical establishment of the information society around the globe will also be at
the heart of the Summit and its preparation.
Portion of a speech
(.doc) made by Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi at a regional meeting of the World Summit
on the Information Society (WSIS), November 7-9, in Bucharest.
"We need a
new global governance framework. Developing policy frameworks for cyberspace-to deal
with issues of cyber-crime, security, taxation, intellectual property protection, or
privacy-is something like establishing a new government in the New World. I recall the
early history of colonial states in the USA or the story of El Dorado in Spanish America.
But cyberspace is an invisible world and much more complex. Its inhabitants are not only
individuals but include corporations, governments and even sovereign states. They require
new mechanisms for coordination. We need a much more stronger political will to solve the
issues than our ancestors did in establishing a state in their newly conquered territories."
Broadband for Rural and Norther Development:
Industry Canada's Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Pilot Program provides funding through
a competitive process to bring publicly available broadband access to Canadian communities, with priority
given to First Nations, northern, remote and rural communities which are currently unserved by Digital
Subscriber Line (DSL) or cable modem service. The broadband initiative is part of the Government of
Canada's commitment to ensuring broadband access for all Canadian communities by 2005.
Canadian Department of Justice:
The Department of Justice Canada has issued a call for comments on various "Lawful Access"
proposals which would, amongst other things, require ISPs and Telcos to put in place systems to track,
store and monitor all internet access by Canadians.
the federal government's vision and plan to make Canada the most
connected country in the world. In an increasingly competitive and
knowledge-based global economy, Canada can benefit by becoming a
world leader in the development and use of advanced information
and communications technologies.
has made recommendations to the Government of Canada on how best
to make high-speed broadband Internet services available to all
Canadian communities by the year 2004.
of wired Canada depends on
January 16, 2002
One of Allan Rock's first challenges as the new minister of
Industry will be to take charge of the connectivity agenda -
enabling Canadians to become the world's most sophisticated
users of the Internet and leading suppliers of technology,
software and content.
( pdf ).
Economic Impact of Broadband In Rural Communities:
( pdf )
A wide range of well focused recent research reports and
of Cook Report on the Internet available in full from
the resource centre.
Technology Council appointed
British Columbia, Canada: ( Aug 20, 2001 )
In August 2001, Premier Gordon Campbell announced the formation of
a Premier's Technology Council, whose mandate is to provide advice
to the Premier on all technology-related issues facing British
Columbia and its citizens. Anyone wishing to get in touch with the
Priemier's Council can write to
Premiers.TechnologyCouncil@gems8.gov.bc.ca or to Premier's
Technology Council, 730 - 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C
Premier's Technology Council ( pdf 133 pages) (
April 2, 2002 )
A wide ranging report encompasing reports from task groups
Premier's Technology Council ( pdf 69 pages) (
November 2001 )
Public Access and Digital Literacy
Operations & Services
Growth and Development
Marketing & Public Awareness
In its first quarterly report (November 2001), the Premier's
Technology Council identified a number of key issues as
critical to putting British Columbia at the forefront of the
world's technologically-advanced economies and to improving the
quality of life of its citizens. These include ways to remove
barriers to high-speed telecommunications networks, to improve
efficiencies in government operations and services (e-health,
e-learning, e-government), and to stimulate technology industry
growth and development. One of the first sets of
recommendations the council will be bringing forward will focus
on the strategies to bridge the digital divide - the figurative
line that separates British Columbians who have the access and
skills needed to make use of information from those who do
Digital Divide in British
( pdf ): a dicussion paper.
Sinclair has been appointed president of the Premier's
( Sept 26,2001 )
members appointed to technology
( November 9, 2001 )
The new members are George Hunter, executive director of
the B.C. Technology Industries Association; David Sutcliffe,
chair and CEO of Sierra Wireless Inc.; and Douglas Manning, CEO
and president of Bridges.com Inc. They join 14 other business
leaders, researchers and educators from all major technology
sectors, appointed Aug. 20.
presents strategies to bridge digital
57 pages ( November 22, 2001 )
The council's report details a range of options for ways the
private and public sectors can work together to expand Internet
access. These include expanding local access to high-capacity
broadband lines in a way that allows several community service
providers to use the same regional network. The report also
explores how increasing the emphasis on electronic initiatives
like e-health, e-learning and e-procurement can help renew
services and make government more efficient.
defined our major issues and the work that lies ahead of us.
We now want to receive input from key stakeholders to
help identify opportunities to achieve these goals and make
British Columbia a global magnet for high-tech investment,
growth and job creation."
-- Technical and political issues surrounding open access on
public telecommunications networks. This mailing list focuses on
developing technical and political solutions to making possible
non-discriminatory access by third parties to underlying public
telecommunications infrastructures and support structures.
( Feburary 25, 2002 )
After 5 years of experimentations with the the implementation
of local exchange competition, we are now reaching the point
where the focus of regulators appears to be crossing over from
telephony competition to so-called "Broadband", thus leaving
behind, unfinished, a task which has barely begun. One cannot
but conclude that citizens are sending mixed messages to
regulators: "Please give us a choice of local exchange
telephone service providers. Ah, but wait, we want broadband
now!". A commentary on the release of Prof.
paper entitled Policy-Induced
Competition: The Telecommunications
( pdf )
Promotion of the deployment of next generation Internet
Protocol applications, of which, open access for Internet
Telephony is the prime motivator. Essays and links to current
and open related issues FCC and CRTC
British Columbia Internet Association. Is a non-profit society
representing the interests of the Internet industry in British
Columbia.. ( September 30th - October 2nd ), BCIA Conference,
Digital Divide Policy Forum
-- Working to Connect British Columbians. The Digital Divide
Policy Forum has been launched by a number of organizations and
individuals concerned with the need to develop a broad
consensus within British Columbia on how to Bridge the Digital
Divide. The recently elected Provincial Government has also
recognized the importance of connecting all British Columbians,
and has asked the recently appointed Premier's Technology
Council to develop a plan to "Bridge the Digital Divide" in
British Columbia. The Council is to report back to the
government in November of this year. - In a very short period
of time, BC needs to develop, as a Province, a strategy on the
Digital Divide that has broad and knowledgeable support. We
need a Work Plan with specific targets and outcomes that are
understood and shared by British Columbians. List
Open Directory Project
Knowledge to help everyone succeed in the digital age.
is the Digital Divide:
Sociodemographic barriers to utilisation and participation in
telecommunications services and their regional distribution: a
Around the world, the concept of a 'digital divide' is being used
to describe disparities in the use of the Internet and new
communications services across different social groups. A survey
of the latest data has found that income and social situation are
the key factors determining which side of the 'digital divide'
Australians are on.
A digial Society for all. The story of the e-Economy is complex,
but it is one we need to understand. The prosperity of the EU's
377million citizens - or about half a billion if we include
candidate countries - depends on it.
You can teach an old continent new tricks.
The British Columbia Community Economic Development Network.
B.C.'s towns and neighbourhoods have a vital role to play in
strengthening our provincial economy. This Fall, BC CEDNet and a
large number of partner organizations will organize a series of
forums at which B.C. citizens can discuss that role and the public
policies required to support it.
BCNET is an advanced network serving education, research and
development, government and industry in the province of British
Columbia, Canada. Using the latest in technology, it provides many
organizations (and hundreds of thousands of people) with
high-speed, reliable connections to each other and to the
worldwide Internet. Re-designing
Networks by Michael Hyrbyk
Optical Networks in BC
Canada's Advanced Network Development Corporation. CANARIE's
mission is to accelerate Canada's advanced Internet development
and use by facilitating the widespread adoption of faster, more
efficient networks and by enabling the next generation of advanced
products, applications and services to run on them.
Nation Goes Online": Canada's Internet
( June 21, 2001 )
An historical account of the Canadian Internet, it is told by
the people who worked on the frontlines - the believers, the
researchers, the innovators, the businessmen, and the
politicians. It was their commitment and hard work which led to
a national network. CA*net, Canada's first national Internet,
was the beginning of a new kind of Canadian infrastructure for
a new age - the information age. Summary
Coming Revolution in Dark Fibre
with .ppt presentations
the Pipe: Stimulationg Canada's Broadband Content Industry
addresses the state of broadband content development in Canada
and the needs of the stakeholders within the industry. The goal
of the study was to determine ways to stimulate the development
of advanced broadband content by Canadian companies for use on
the rapidly developing networks by audiences in Canada and
Canada's Research and Education Internet backbone, connecting
individual universities, federal and provincial government labs
and research institutes through provincially based Regional
Advanced Networks, or RANs. Lists,
on Dark Fibre,
( Mailing List Archive sorted by date )
Group for Advanced Information Technology is part of the
Technology Centre at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
(BCIT), and is an amalgamation of three working groups formerly
known as Applied Research in Computer Systems (ARCS) Lab, Media
Studio, and Interactive Media Lab. Internet
BC Community Networks Association is a non-profit society formed
in 1993 to support the development of community computer networks
in British Columbia. BCFree
Ministry of Competition Science and
brings together government programs dedicated to building a
competitive business climate and a strong British Columbia
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is an
independent agency responsible for regulating Canada's
broadcasting and telecommunications systems. We report to
parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
and The New Media
( 1999 )
Now &endash; to the essence of our conclusion: The CRTC will
not regulate new media services on the Internet. Our message is
clear. Let me repeat that for those of you who were worried
&endash; the CRTC will not regulate any portion of the
Optical Fibre Service
( July 16, 1998 )
Pursuant to the Commission's directive in Tariff Filings
Related to the Installation of Optical Fibres, Telecom Decision
CRTC 97-7, 23 April 1997 (Decision 97-7), BC TEL
under Tariff Notice (TN) 3660, Bell Canada (Bell) under TN
6067, TELUS Communications Inc. (TCI) under TN 933, TELUS
Communications (Edmonton) Inc. (TCEI) under TN 59, and MTS
Communications Inc. (formerly MTS NetCom Inc.) (MTS) under TN
280, filed proposed tariff revisions for the introduction of
optical fibre service under General Tariffs (GTs). BC TEL
under TN 3660A, and Bell in a letter, subsequently
submitted their respective standard agreements with customers
for the provision of optical fibre service.
is the federal government's vision and plan to make Canada the
most connected country in the world. In an increasingly
competitive and knowledge-based global economy, Canada can benefit
by becoming a world leader in the development and use of advanced
information and communications technologies.
Our Ways: Why and How Canadians Use the
( March 26, 2001 ) Using the StatsCanada 2000 General
Social Survey data on individual Internet use, this article
explores the use of the Internet, and its social impact on
Canadians. During the year 2000, an estimated 13 million, or 53%
of Canadians over 15 years of age, said they used the Internet at
home, work or somewhere else in the last 12 months. Most non-users
say cost and access are their greatest barriers to the Internet.
The majority of Canadians feel everyone should have access to the
Internet, but they are divided about who should remove the
Center for Technology, Policy,and Industrial
CTPID's mission is to develop new knowledge, advanced
technological strategies, and innovative partnerships that address
global industrial and policy issues and to provide an enriched
environment for MIT faculty and students to pursue their
Broadband Migration Part II
( October 23, 2001 )
"The widespread deployment of broadband infrastructure has become
the central communications policy objective today." He outlined
five specific areas that will guide the Commission's policy.
Library: the People's Network
( April 1st, 1999 )
This development of an information society and the introduction of
the UK Public Library Network - the people's network - will
require the library service itself to change. This report
describes the nature of the changes required and proposes the
establishing of a Public Library Networking Agency to bring them
about, while maintaining the best of what people currently value
in their local library service.