Creating Connections: Unravelling Regional Broadband 

The Canadian telecommunications landscape is evolving. In recent years the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has made changes to the way broadband is regulated in Canada and declared it to be an essential service. In Alberta, the provincial government is actively consulting municipalities in the development of an Alberta Broadband Strategy.

On April 4, 2018 the Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association is hosting a workshop to open a dialogue around the current state of broadband in the region. Together, we will explore the impacts to business and connections to long-term goals concerning economic development. We have invited experts to participate in the workshop and discuss broadband policy, technology, and activities of other municipalities to improve broadband.

  • A Broadband 101 Presentation to answer questions about what is broadband, what are broadband technologies and what is current Canadian policy landscape shaping the evolution of this sector;
  • Why Broadband is important and how to build a utility business case that enhances competitiveness;
  • Experiences and lessons learned from the Alberta Regional Economic Development Alliances who’ve explored broadband as a region; and
  • Break out groups will discuss presentations and opportunities and challenges they see impacting broadband improvements.


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April 4, 2018 Agenda:

8:00 AM – Breakfast

8:30 AM –  Why are we here and what will we accomplish today?  Barbara McKenzie, Leduc-Nisku EDA

8:40 AM – What is broadband and what’s happening in Alberta today? – Dr. Michael McNally, University of Alberta

9:10 AM – Why Digital Infrastructure is important to economic and social development. –  Cybera

9:30 AM – Broadband Business Cases from Regional Economic Development Alliances –  Craig Dobson from Taylor Warwick Consulting

10:00 AM-  Break

10:15 AM REDAs panel discussion – sharing experiences and lessons learned on broadband regional collaboration

  • Bob Bezpalko – Alberta HUB,
  • Bob Miller – Calgary Regional Partnership

10:45 AM – Group Breakout Discussions

11:50 AM – Closing Remarks

12:00 PM – Close