Out of touch: fixing rural internet

Dan Mazier thinks it’s high time that rural digital infrastructure be treated as an essential service, much like landline telephone service. “It’s a mandatory utility and it’s no different than water, it’s no different than electricity. It’s one of those utilities that we now need to function as a Canadian,” said the president of Keystone […] Read more


Feds vow to boost rural internet

The federal government committed $500 million in its 2016-17 budget in March to improve rural internet service. In December, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains delivered the goods. “By increasing access to high-speed internet, the Connect to Innovate program enhances our rural and remote communities’ ability to innovate, participate in the digital economy […] Read more


Feds vow to boost rural internet service

The federal government committed $500 million in its 2016-17 budget in March to improve rural internet service. In December, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains delivered the goods. “By increasing access to high-speed Internet, the Connect to Innovate program enhances our rural and remote communities’ ability to innovate, participate in the digital economy […] Read more



Digital infrastructure stressed at finance committee hearing

Better rural broadband and income tax changes are among requests made of the federal standing committee on finance by farm leaders in Regina. The committee was on the western leg of its annual pre-budget consultations. Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, and Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of […] Read more