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Province announces rural internet deal with Xplornet

Province announces rural internet deal with Xplornet

Some rural residents less than pleased with the government’s choice of provider

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities has praised the Manitoba government’s deal with Xplornet Communications to improve rural internet and cellular coverage throughout the province. In a tweet May 13, the AMM thanked Central Services Minister Reg Helwer for signing a memo of understanding with the internet service provider. The province says the deal will bring

But rural Manitoba continues to badly lag urban Manitoba when it comes to accessing the much-touted information superhighway.

Editor’s Take: The digital divide

It was a pleasant, if bitterly cold, winter evening. The Winnipeg Jets were battling the Edmonton Oilers on one laptop screen, while my spouse’s family were catching up on a Zoom call on the other. As we closed the gap COVID has imposed amongst us, I couldn’t help but reflect how nice it would be


New tech in agriculture can make a farm more efficient and sustainable, but strong connectivity to the internet is essential to make it work.

Opinion: Universal internet helps make food more sustainable

Urban consumers could become great advocates for rural internet

Consumers wanting to reduce the carbon intensity of their food should advocate for better rural internet. Most agricultural towns have broadband, but in the country cell service fades. Telematics produced by farm equipment has to be stored, getting pushed to the cloud at the farmyards while IoT devices use networks, like LoRaWAn. Network-controlled automation is

Face to face from the comfort of home

AGvisorPRO wants to make its free Tech Direct platform the new ‘go-to’ for ag advice

Robert Saik, founder and CEO of AGvisorPRO, wants to displace the 1-800 number when it comes to agriculture. Farmers will be well familiar with the frustrations of long-distance service, from the challenge of describing or diagnosing problems over the phone, to the trials of navigating number-option phone systems and automated messages. The result, Saik argues,

Editor’s Take: Unwiring the world

A couple years ago I was out at the farm for a few days and my brother asked me to bid on something in an online auction sale for him. He had other commitments so he told me the lot number, what he was willing to pay, and wished me luck. I was going to


The biggest challenge we have faced has been the lack of reliable internet connections outside of the school setting, due to inadequate rural internet services.

Comment: Pandemic shows value of local education oversight

Local input in the form of school boards can tailor solutions to the area

On Friday, May 29, the Winnipeg Free Press published a front-page article “‘Pandemic-proof pedagogical system’: Lessons as usual for Hutterite colonies.” During this time of suspended in-person classes due to the COVID pandemic, the article explained how across the province “an easy upload to distance learning has been all but impossible for teachers and students.”

Survey finds Manitoba’s rural internet, cell service still bad

Survey finds Manitoba’s rural internet, cell service still bad

Results of KAP’s rural connectivity survey show nearly two-thirds of rural Manitobans dissatisfied with internet, cellular access

Poor rural internet and cell services obstruct communication, stall business and impede technology uptake, according to survey results KAP released April 16. “We have heard deep-seated frustration from both farm families and non-farmers about the state of connectivity in rural Manitoba, and providers cannot continue to ask us to pay for a service that is

The challenges with moving a new technology into rural areas could create new partnerships and opportunities.

The wired farm

Will 5G networks kick off a wave of innovation for Canada’s farms?

Users of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phone will be the first to have access to 5G technology in Canada. Rural residents and farmers will have to wait much longer – if the technology ever arrives. Rogers announced in early March that it is rolling out 5G networks in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, with 20


Janssens girls Maddie (3), Kaity (10), Lexi (6) and Hailey (3) do home work at their Boissevain-area home.

Home education highlights gaps in rural internet

School divisions are adapting with print materials, phone calls, adjusted expectations

Science experiments get complicated with twin toddlers running around. Kaity, 10, and her mom Heather Janssens started an experiment on evaporation — filling a cup of water and coming back periodically to mark the water level to show if it dropped. They took a break to play outside, and when they came in it looked

In February, KAP launched a rural connectivity survey to better understand issues surrounding cellular coverage and broadband access across Manitoba.

Keystone Agricultural Producers launches rural cell and internet survey

Rural Manitobans miss out on key information and the ability to call for emergency help because of poor cellular coverage, says one KAP director

Keystone Agricultural Producers is asking farmers and rural folk to weigh in on their internet and cellular service providers. “(Internet service) should be a basic human right, almost,” KAP District 6 director Sam Connery-Nichol told the Co-operator Feb. 19. “You need it.” Connery-Nichol was staring at the ‘wheel of death’ on her internet browser screen