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Maxime Bernier calls to phase out CRTC as telecom regulator, open sector to foreign investment

Posted by : Susan Church

Story originally published at the National Post by Emily Jackson TORONTO – Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier called for the end of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as a telecom regulator, blasting it as a “playground for bureaucrats” that hurts competition. “We should phase out the CRTC in its role as a telecom regulator,” Bernier […]


Internet speeds, access falling way behind in Almaguin

Posted by : Susan Church

Article originally posted on ALMAGUIN – The numbers prove it: internet service in Almaguin is terrible. According to Connected North, 70 per cent of residents across Northern Ontario have access to affordable, five megabits/per second internet service. In Almaguin, however, only 30 per cent of residents have the same connectivity. Of that 30, the numbers […]


Accurate Census Data Used for Setting Broadband Priorities

Posted by : Susan Church

North Bay, Ontario: Information Communication Development Networks (ICTN’s) throughout Northern Ontario are eagerly awaiting the new data to be made available through the 2016 Census that Canadians have filled out this week. Blue Sky Net, based out of North Bay Ontario has developed an interactive broadband map based partially on Census data in order to […]


Blue Sky Net Seeks Support for Area Broadband Expansion Project

Posted by : Susan Church

As reported by The Manitoulin Expositor MANITOULIN—Several areas on Manitoulin could see improved broadband service if a proposed North Shore Lake Huron project from the non-profit telecommunications organization Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation receives funding. “In May of 2014 Blue Sky embarked on a broadband expansion project that included a number of communities in the […]


CRTC is Looking for Canadians’ Input on Broadband and Telecomm

Posted by : Susan Church

The CRTC is looking for input from Canadians on their broadband internet and telecommunications services. The CRTC is asking Canadian to fill out a quick survey which has been made available until February 8, 2016. As per the CRTC release: The CRTC is currently reviewing telecommunications services, including Internet services, which are offered in Canada. […]

23/10/15 Has Launched

Posted by : Susan Church

Internet Service Questions? We can answer them at Many residents throughout rural Canada have limited access to affordable high speed internet. This is mainly because the investment needed to install and operate state of the art internet services is expensive, and there is uncertainty in rural markets’ ability to return that investment. Over the […]


About the Project

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Over the last three years, Blue Sky Net in concert with other federally funded Information Communication Technology development organizations (ICTN’s) and Internet Service providers(ISP’s) have collected coverage and speed information to map all of the Broadband (Internet) service availability in Northern Ontario. This information has been developed into this public portal to present a clear […]