Supply chain, wildfire and even landlord and community support problems have plagued some broadband projects in the province.
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Regional districts have pointed to Ontario and Quebec as provinces that seem well ahead on cash and policy for access to poles.
The bank said internet service providers are less hesitant for loans, as Bell sought some this summer for its Universal Broadband Fund projects.
Broadband projects funded by the rapid response stream version of the $2.75-billion Universal Broadband Fund were supposed to be completed and providing service by November 15.
The department managing telecommunications grants recommended offloading financial approvals and, in cases of political conflicts of interest, project selection to subordinates.
BC Hydro said it wants to be more proactively involved on broadband projects after a miscommunication with Telus on a Shaw project.
Shaw is fighting a proposal that would allow BC Hydro to charge telecoms to use its wires to mount wireless equipment.
The former Chair of the Board of the Infrastructure Bank was forced to divest his holdings in a number of companies, including Rogers and Shaw.
The two telecom giants are requesting nearly $1.15 billion from the Universal Broadband Fund, which has attracted 1,900 applications worth $10.5 billion.
The British Columbia government is prepared to step-in if smaller providers are impacted by the larger ISP's $10 internet offerings.
Rogers and Shaw will likely raise the T-Mobile and Sprint deal to regulators, U.S. analyst said.
Emails show ISED analyst bothered by small carrier reaction to the minister's statement that CRTC's wholesale rate decision hurts large carrier investment.
Rogers has for years sought to raise its profile in Western Canada, and now seeks to add pressure on telco giant Telus by buying out its rival Shaw.
Surveillance and security risks related to supply chain components and undersea fibre cables are among concerns outlined in a report produced by Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Electricity Association this summer.
Data for this year and last show the large telecoms requesting from the broadband funds of the federal and provincial governments and the telecom regulator nearly $100 million.
Before becoming innovation minister last month, François-Philippe Champagne incented private broadband builds by increasing federal subsidies, a model currently used during the pandemic.
Bell will speak with Toronto officials about an approved project that will leverage city resources to build a public broadband network.
Innovation Canada said it has received 576 applications for the rapid response part of the Universal Broadband Fund.
Xplornet signed a two-year extension to use Telesat's Anik F2 satellite after federal government pressure to avoid ending service on December 31.
As the Big 3 telecoms come under fire for taking nearly $250 million in Covid wage subsidies, Shaw said it deliberately didn't participate -- but won't say why.
The $203-million Nunavut fibre project, originally announced in August 2019, won’t know what route it will take until the summer or fall of this year.
Bell filed its first fresh provincial lobby registration in months and, as the downUP previously reported, it would inevitably reveal the amount the company obtained in wage subsidy money.
Nunavut's fibre line came under fire for the proposed cost, but it was also uncertainty about striking a deal with the island's largest telecom provider that is driving it to reassess the whole route entirely.
Money allocated for the Connect to Innovate broadband program is getting held up, as the program is mired by delays and slow build-outs.
The fund's guidelines include opening existing passive infrastructure, paid for with private money, to third parties as an incentive for federal dollars.