A GIS Approach for Assessing Broadband Wireless Market Potential for Rural and Remote Canadian Communities

By Michael Sawada, Daniel Cossette, Gérald Chouinard, Gerry Briggs and Peter Johnson.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Differences in internet accessibility have led to an urban/rural 'broadband divide' in Canada. We utilize GIS to determine the potential market for new wireless technologies in rural and remote communities.

Keywords: Broadband, Internet, Remote Communities, Broadband Divide, Wireless Telecommunications, Arctic, Arctic Communities, Wireline Access, Terrestrial Broadband, GIS, Geographic Information Systems, Canadian Broadband Marketplace, Radio Frequency Regulation, Urban, Rural

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.83-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.861MB).

Prof. Michael Sawada

Professor Sawada has an established reputation through his scientific publications and well established international research collaborations with distinguished scientists across Canada, Europe and the United States. In the past four years, he has established policy related geomatics research collaborations of national significance with numerous government agencies and private corporations. He has demonstrated significant research, leadership and creativity. Sawada has made a significant impact on the external reputation of our University through applied research undertaken with partners beyond academia. Research partners in the public sector include Statistics Canada, Agriculture Canada, Industry Canada, Communications Research Center, and the Canadian Ice Service. In the private sector, Sawada has research partnerships with Marconi Wireless Inc., Intergraph Corp., Kingsbridge Systems, Icebridge Consulting and BDW Associates. In the non-governmental sector, he has completed research-based learning projects with Amnesty International, the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Mr Daniel Cossette

Daniel Cossette has an MSc in Geography from the University of Ottawa in the subject of GIS applications in broadband wireless communications for rural and remote regions. He has collaborated on various projects ranging from imagery preparation for the Asian tsunami disaster, to mapping and identifying significant wildlife habitats and locating industrial clusters in Toronto. As well he has received awards for technical achievements in geomatics in addition to the 1st place graduate prize in the national Great Canadian Mapping Challenge held by DMTI Spatial Inc. He is highly involved in the Geomatics field and often presents at conferences in both industry and academic environments. Presently, he is a Geomatics advisor for Infrastructure Canada developing a mapping portal.

Gérald Chouinard

Following his graduation in Electrical Engineering in 1975 from the University of Sherbrooke, Mr Chouinard worked five years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the field of International Technical Relations related to the planning of the Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS). He joined the Space Technology Division of the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) in 1981 where he pursued his involvement in technical and spectrum-orbit utilization studies related to BSS. In 1986, he joined the newly formed Broadcast Technologies Branch at CRC as the manager of Broadcast Systems Research. In May 1992, he became the director of Broadcast Systems and Communication Networks Research after having acted in this position for a year. Following reorganization at CRC in April 1993, he occupied the position of Director, Radio Broadcast Technologies Research until April 1998 when he became senior advisor to the President on broadcasting. In 2001, he was seconded to Industry Canada's Spectrum Engineering Branch until accepting his current position as senior manager of the Rural and Remote Broadband Access Program at CRC.

Gerry Briggs

Gerry Briggs has been with Industry Canada for five years during which he helped form the beginning of the now well- known Broadband Program. He has served as head technical officer of the program, bringing experience from previous work in both the Spectrum Engineering and Telecom Policy Branches of the department. He is chair of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial technical workgroup and leads the First Nations Technology workgroup as well. His work ranges from forming broadband policy across federal government departments to collaborating with research and development of new technologies in broadband such as those being standardized by the Communications Research Centre. Gerry has a strong background in radio-spectrum engineering and a good understanding of issues affecting internet service providers from a policy and business perspective. A graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, he quickly developed an interest in the goals of the Broadband Taskforce after joining the department five years ago. He has since become an integral part of the broadband team in Ottawa. As a side interest, Gerry has prototyped a broadband transmission system based on photonics, and he has a keen interest in communications electronics.

Dr Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson was educated at Leeds University, England, and has been Professor, Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa since 1985. He is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and has been committed to northern science throughout his career in teaching and research. He has worked in a number of national and international capacities, many with a particular focus on northern environments: working groups of the International Commission on Snow and Ice; member and chair of the Sub-Committee on Glaciers of the Associate Committee on Hydrology; and representative of the Canadian Association of Geographers on the Canadian Geoscience Council. Prof. Johnson is Canada's representative on the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Council.


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