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Intervention: All Nations Trust Company (Intervenor 201)

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Intervention: All Nations Trust Company (Intervenor 201)

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For
Telecom Notice of Consultation
CRTC 2015-134 (TNoC 2015-134)
Submitted by:
All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO)
Pathways To Technology Project (PTT)
520 Chief Eli LaRue Way
Kamloops, BC *** ***
Contact: **** Williams Project Manager
e-mail: ******@***.com
Phone: *-***-***-****
BACKGROUND:

ANTCO, incorporated in 1985, is an Aboriginal Financial Institution wholly owned by 200 shareholders which include: First Nation (FN) Bands; Tribal Councils; aboriginal institutions and individuals. It is a regulated under the Financial Institution Act of BC and has had 30 years of success.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES:

ANTCO was provided funding from the Provincial Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizens’ Services to connect all 203 BC First Nations with a minimum of consumer grade. To date, there has been a total of $40.8 million in funding from Network BC for the purpose of launching the ”Pathways To Technology” (PTT) project to bring high speed broadband to as many First Nations in BC as possible, given the limited amount of funding. $14.2 Million has been leveraged through (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) (AANDC). The funding is for: Transport: Last Mile & Capacity Building. This centralized approach for connectivity in BC is an effective approach to meet the challenge of ensuring that we address the voids in services in our FN communities. The approach is well coordinated; jointly planned; effectively managed & fairly delivered. ANTCO has negotiated reduced pricing for service considering that the capital costs for transport are contributed.

FIRST NATIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA:

There are 203 First Nations in BC which include approximately 1732 reserves of which 501 are occupied. There is a significant difference in size of these communities some with a population of 1500 and some with just 5 or 6 homes. The variations in size and location creates issues when attempting to find solutions that will work for all. Permitting allowing access on reserve land for builds can cause major delays.

Access to broadband internet connectivity will help to forge the success of First Nations regardless of size; location and adjacent economic opportunities.

The attachment provides a picture of the success to date and also a map showing the location of the communities. Although the map shows that 95% of the 203 BC First Nations now receive broadband internet service there are over 40 that do not have service to the homes.

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CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. Sustainability:

It is recommended that all communities have access to fibre however the costs may not be affordable by our First Nations’ communities. FN rely on AANDC contributions to cover services and AANDC does not fund internet.

It is recommended that there be a specific “set aside” for First Nations Bands and Schools.
2. Costs which are prohibitive in isolated communities:

The costs for services in isolated communities is unaffordable and they are unable to accept being connected as they cannot afford the costs. Support is required to connect these communities plus have the service costs subsidized.

3. Cost effectiveness for ISPs where there is not the critical mass to support the financial sustainability:

Also a viable solution is to have FN’s own their own ISPs so they can be the service provider. Again the revenue generated in a small community does not financially support the ISP.

**** ISPs require more support to provide higher speed access available to smaller communities.
4. Different regulatory environment in FN communities:

We recommend that a separate study be done to look at the unique situation of First Nations and this study be used to set policies that are tailored for First Nations.

In BC we recommend that CRTC work with the Pathways to Technology Project Team and the Office of the Chief Information **** to conduct this study. This would bring to the table the community based working knowledge and the advice of PTTs steering committee comprised of the stakeholders: First Nations Health Council and First Nations Tech Council. Other players are involved in an ex-officio capacity, those are: AANDC; Network BC; Ministry of Aboriginal Relations; Health Canada. The committee meets quarterly and is chaired by an independent representative.

5. We Support of the submission by the Office of the Chief Information ****,Ministry of Technology , Innovation, and Citizens’ Services: specifically:

a) We support the establishment of a sustainable broadband internet service access fund to be available to all non-ILEC internet service providers; &b) That a permanent department within the federal government be created to collaborate with the provinces and territories to ensure that all Canadians, including First Nations, have access to modern telecommunications service irrespective of where they live, work or are located.

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