Rogers Pilot Project Aims to Bridge Canada’s Digital Divide

Rogers’ Connected for Success project aims to provide broadband Internet and learning tools to help youth and low-income Canadian families stay connected. Connected for Success, part of Rogers Youth Fund program, will start later this year in Toronto with Canada’s largest social housing provider, Toronto Community Housing. Rob Bruce, President of Communications, Rogers Communications said: […]

Xplornet Starts New 4G Satellite Broadband Service

Residents in many rural areas of Canada previously denied of 4G commercial broadband services, now have access thanks to the EchoStar XVII satellite. Xplornet Communications said EchoStar XVII, a new 4G broadband satellite, has passed all tests and has been cleared for commercial service. Residents in several rural and remote regions of British Columbia, Manitoba, […]

Bell Launches Fibe TV in Quebec City

Bell has introduced its Fibe TV service to Quebec City with high-speed fibre optic technology available directly to residences and businesses beginning March 12th. The $220 million investment is the largest ‘fibre to the home’ network rollout of its kind in Canada, supporting enhanced competition and choice in Québec with the latest broadband TV, Internet and Home […]

Digital Forum members get a chance to win an iPad2 by testing Shaw’s WiFi network

As reported on Digital Home in early December, Shaw Communications has begun consumer trials of its broadband wireless network using WiFi technology in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

In order to improve the quality of its new service, Shaw is asking Digital Forum members to try out the new service and then to complete a short survey about their experience.

Shaw launches broadband WiFi network trial

Shaw Communications today announced it has begun consumer trials of its broadband wireless network using WiFi technology.

The company says Shaw High Speed Internet customers can trial the service at a limited number of locations, including malls, restaurants and fitness facilities, in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

Viasat-1 satellite will expand internet service in remote areas of Canada

New Brunswick’s Xplornet Communications Inc. announced today that the launch the Viasat-1 satellite has been set for this Wednesday October 19th at 2:48pm EST.

Calling it North America’s first 4G broadband satellite, Xplornet says Viasat will enable the company to expand and improve its high speed internet service offerings in rural and remote areas of Canada.

Shaw cancels plans to build a Wireless Network

In 2008, Shaw spent $190 million for wireless spectrum in Western Canada. The company’s goal at the time was to offer its more than two million customers in the west the quadruple play of services – Internet, wireline phone, TV and wireless.

Now, after a strategic review of the wireless marketplace, Shaw Communications has announced that it is no longer economically viable to build a wireless network.

Two out of three Americans have access to broadband internet

The adoption of broadband internet access slowed dramatically in the United States over the last year according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The researchers found that two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.

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