Canadian Association of Wireless Internet Service Providers
Association des fournisseurs de service internet sans fil (CANWISP)

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  • June 27, 2018 3:46 PM | Jonathan Black (Administrator)

    We have great news for our membership,


    CANWISP entered into an agreement with JMHI Insurance Group Inc. in March of 2018.  JMHI was approved to create a tailored insurance product for CANWISP.  It is here… as a value-added service to your membership you can now access a customized insurance solution with CANWISP only Discounts!


    JMHI has worked with Travelers of Canada to produce unique Insurance package offerings just for CANWISP members.  It offers multiple levels of coverage based on your size and operation to ensure you only pay for what you need.  The greatest part is the special discounts only offered to our members… 10% off of your cyber coverage plus an additional 10% off your towers!


    JMHI is currently licensed in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and has a strategic alliance with a Brokerage to service Quebec.  They are currently working on B.C. and are more than happy to work with other Brokerages to ensure you get the CANWISP coverage and rates.


    JMHI is run by Eric Gaudrault who is the Owner, President and Principal Broker.  Eric did a great Insurance for WISP presentation at our last CANWISP Conference in Lac-Leamy.  Personally servicing over a dozen ISP/WISPs and having worked in the Telecom Industry for several years, Eric has a Niche skillset to effectively address our membership’s insurance needs.


    To gain access to the program or if you have any questions please contact Eric directly at: 

                   Email: eric@jmhigroup.ca

                   Tel: 226-312-2020

                   Toll Free: 1-855-236-5644

    We are proud to bring this added value to our members!


  • June 20, 2018 3:49 PM | Jonathan Black (Administrator)

    Safety Code 6 reporting is due annually (in July of each year).  If you need a refresher on what's involved have a look here:

    Safety Code 6 Untangled Presentation

    If you are a Canwisp Member, you can access a spreadsheet that will help you with the calculations in the Member Documents section of the website:

    Member Documents

    Jonathan

  • April 29, 2018 7:06 PM | Jonathan Black (Administrator)

    Our 2018 Conference is now "In The Books".  We had record attendance and great speakers.  Thank you to our Sponsors and Industry Partners.  The Presentations and Photos are available here:

    Canwisp Wrap Up


  • March 27, 2018 9:43 AM | Jonathan Black (Administrator)
    We were very pleased the Ms. Christianne Laizner was able to present to the attendees at the Canwisp 2018 Conference today.  The text of her presentation can be seen here:

    Christiane Laizner to the Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Wireless Internet Providers


  • November 22, 2017 3:34 PM | Jonathan Black (Administrator)

    CanWISP has hired Nordicity to assist CanWISP in developing its submission to the ISED Spectrum 2018-22 Consultation process. Click ISED Consultation
    for more details on the Consultation.

    An eSurvey is an essential part of the research needed to better understand current and anticipated spectrum needs. Nordicity will develop a Research report that will be appended to CanWISPs submission.  If you are a member of CanWISP your designated contact should have already received a personalized email invitation.  If you are not a member of CanWISP we would still appreciate your input (click here).

    The Board strongly encourages the participation of your firm in this survey as the higher the participation, the more credibility CanWISP's submission will carry with ISED and the better the chances for Canadian WISPs to secure much needed spectrum.

    It is essential that each firm designate a single respondent and that the respondent uses a single machine for responses. This will avoid duplicated effort and ensure consistency. This will also enable the respondent to start & stop the questionnaire at any time during the survey period.

    Important note: The survey period will be only 6 days from November 21 to November 27, so please fill out the survey in the next few days.

    Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    Jonathan Black

    jblack@canwisp.ca



  • October 23, 2017 11:43 AM | Jonathan Black (Administrator)

    Here's the 2nd edition of the CanWISP Newsletter.  If there is any topic you would like us to address in the next edition please let us know (info@canwisp.ca).

    CanWISP NEWSLETTER 2017-10 FR.pdf

    CanWISP NEWSLETTER 2017-10 EN.pdf

  • September 15, 2017 10:15 AM | Dan Barnes (Administrator)

    Register now for Lac- Leamy 

    http://www.canwisp.ca/event-2586120

  • May 19, 2017 10:08 AM | Terry Duchcherer (Administrator)

    CanWISP AGM 2018

    Monday March 26th to wednesday 28th 2018

    Hilton Lac Leamy, Gatineau QC


  • February 10, 2017 3:07 PM | Terry Duchcherer (Administrator)

    Please download the first ever CanWISP newsletter. Please read and let the Board of Directors hear your feedback!

    CANWISP FEB 2017 NEWSLETTER EN.pdf

  • August 21, 2014 10:20 AM | Terry Duchcherer (Administrator)

    Montreal, August 20th 2014


    CanWISP sees progress in Industry Canada’s recent 3500MHz statements

    Canadian Association of Wireless Internet Service Providers, CanWISP, applauds Industry Canada on their announcement of the Consultation on Policy Changes in the 3500Mhz Band (3475-3650 MHz) and a New Licensing Process in Rural Areas.

    Over the past 15 years, smaller wireless ISP’s have been using unlicensed spectrum to deliver services to Rural Canadians with amazing results. However, the continuing demand for higher speed services and content delivery is pushing unlicensed spectrum to its limit. Access to spectrum in the 3500Mhz band would allow CanWISP members to expand and extend their service offerings delivering higher speeds and additional services with larger data capacities.

    Licensed spectrum has historically been available to very large telecommunications providers with deep pockets that allow them to participate in the auction process for licensed frequencies. The 3500Mhz spectrum has remained largely unused since the auction process began in 2004, despite the fact that equipment has been available during this time frame. Industry Canada’s proposal to divide the spectrum, including potentially having multiple licenses within each 25 square kilometer `grid-cell, makes for a very granular, very addressable license area for our members.  Using smaller geographic licensing areas could result in added administrative overhead for providers spanning multiple areas, but smaller areas will also increase the availability of spectrum to more service providers.

    The move to divide the spectrum between rural and urban use is also a move in the right direction.  It will result in more affordable rural spectrum for smaller ISP’s.   There are more dollars per square kilometer in Toronto or Ottawa than there are in small-town Canada. The density of people and the dollars that can be generated from urban spectrum are what drive the value of that spectrum.  When the spectrum is sold off as a block across the country, the price of the spectrum doesn’t match the business model for the smaller more rural centres.  There are some outstanding questions on how rural-urban boundary spectrum is handled. 

    CanWISP believes Wireless Internet Service Providers will be able to utilize the 3500Mhz spectrum to help the Government achieve its goal of delivering a minimum of 5Mbps to rural residents as laid out in its Economic Action Plan 2014.
    About CanWISP

    At CANWISP, we strongly believe that all Canadians deserve outstanding access to our technological infrastructure. To accomplish this, we take part in regulatory discussions with the Canadian Government to promote and share best practices within both government and industry.

    CANWISP members ensure that rural and exurban communities across Canada have the access and reliable connectivity they need to high-quality voice, video and data services. We work and live in all of the communities we serve, which gives us a greater understanding of our customers' needs and a much more personal aspect to our service.

    Our goal: to continue working with stakeholders to ensure that spectrum, a public resource, is used in an efficient and beneficial manner for all Canadians, no matter where in the country they live.
     
     For further information please contact Jonathan Black: jonathan@canwisp.ca, +1 (613) 567-6585 x 260

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