The First Mile Connectivity Consortium and Digital Regulation in Canada

  • Rob McMahon University of New Brunswick
  • Heather Hudson University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Lyle Fabian K'atl'odeeche First Nation
Keywords: Broadband regulation, indigenous broadband, First Mile, community development, participation, remote communities

Abstract

On June 19 and 20, 2013 the First Mile Connectivity Consortium, K'atl'odeeche First Nation and the Eeyou Communications Network intervened in a regulatory hearing about digital infrastructure and services in the Canadian north. The three parties focused on issues of access, affordability, and the potential for infrastructure development in the North to support community development. They argued that northern residents should be offered opportunities as producers as well as consumers of telecommunications services. This article provides a summary of this intervention. (For a full description of this process, see: Cite: Article at the Journal of Information Policy - to be confirmed).

Author Biographies

Rob McMahon, University of New Brunswick
Postdoctoral Fellow, First Nations Innovation Project, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick
Heather Hudson, University of Alaska Anchorage
Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage
Lyle Fabian, K'atl'odeeche First Nation
IT Manager, K'atl'odeeche First Nation, Northwest Territories
Published
2014-03-20
How to Cite
McMahon, R., Hudson, H., & Fabian, L. (2014). The First Mile Connectivity Consortium and Digital Regulation in Canada. The Journal of Community Informatics, 10(2). Retrieved from http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1106