SaskTel announces plan to bring fibre Internet to rural communities

Approximately 20 rural Saskatchewan communities will be getting access to SaskTel’s fibre Internet service, infiNET, over the next four years as part of a new $50-million project by the Crown corporation.



a close up of a brick building: The SaskTel building on Saskatchewan Drive.


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The SaskTel building on Saskatchewan Drive.

On Thursday, SaskTel announced its Rural Fibre Initiative, which is intended to bring the Crown’s fibre-optics network to approximately 30,000 households and businesses in smaller communities. The first phase of the project will introduce fibre Internet to the majority of residents in Balgonie, Biggar, Langham and Pilot Butte by March 2022. Phase two of the initiative will be announced later in 2021.

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“Through our Rural Fibre Initiative, residents and business owners in many of our smaller communities can continue to confidently build their future knowing they’ll soon have access to the best communications infrastructure available,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel president and CEO, in a news release.

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Broadway Stage Managers Form Group To Expand BIPOC Opportunities, Plan First Networking Event

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EXCLUSIVE: Another step is being taken in Broadway’s efforts to confront its own systemic racism: Broadway & Beyond, founded by stage and production managers of Hadestown, Frozen and Aladdin, has scheduled its first event to encourage and support young or aspiring stage managers of color.

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, American Son) will introduce a panel discussion and Q&A with professionals from Broadway, national tours, and regional theaters across the country as Broadway & Beyond’s kick-off virtual event, set for Thursday, Dec. 17. The panel will feature production supervisors, stage managers and general managers representing organizations including Disney Theatrical Productions, Bespoke Theatricals, Foresight Theatrical, RCI Theatricals, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, St. Louis’ Muny, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, among others.

The new organization – its full title is Broadway & Beyond: Access For Stage Managers Of Color – was

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Europe’s Plan For Sustainable Agriculture Starts With Running Broadband To Farms

Europe’s Green Deal with farmers includes the broadband internet access they’ll need to save money and the environment.

“If we want to really reform our agricultural policy, we will have to introduce broadband everywhere in the agricultural world,” said Frans Timmermans, the European Commission executive vice-president for the European Green Deal.

“We have to work with precision agriculture,” Timmermans said yesterday at the Web Summit broadcast from Lisbon. “We will have to work with new technologies. We will have to introduce new ways of farming at the very fundamental level.”

Broadband access will enable farmers to quickly identify and respond to diseases in crops and livestock or to deliver fertilizers and other supplements only to those areas of fields where data shows they are needed.

The EU has supported the development of internet platforms for farmers, such as 365farmnet.com.

“With new digital

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Shropshire architects design plan for growth

CEO Carl Huntley, MD Harry Reece, senior associate Ben Embrey, associate director Bryn Jones and senior associate Joe Salt – the new management team at Base Architecture
CEO Carl Huntley, MD Harry Reece, senior associate Ben Embrey, associate director Bryn Jones and senior associate Joe Salt – the new management team at Base Architecture

Harry Reece steps into the MD post at Base Architecture & Design as its founder Carl Huntley takes on a new role as chief executive to focus on mentoring and developing its team. Bryn Jones has been appointed as associate director with Ben Embrey and Joe Salt becoming senior associates.

Base was established by Carl in 2003 and has offices in Chester and Conwy in addition to its Shrewsbury headquarters and has built up a nationwide reputation for its inventive approach to commercial and residential design.

The firm works on large-scale residential and social housing schemes as well as domestic new builds including Grand Designs properties, extensions, renovations and refurbishments with particular expertise in historic buildings and achieving permission for new build properties

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Seer Readies $150 Million IPO Plan

Seer (SEER) has filed to raise $150 million from the sale of its Class A common stock in an IPO, according to an amended registration statement.

Redwood City, California-based Seer was founded to develop instruments to analyze proteins for basic research and discovery.

Management is headed by co-founder and CEO Omid Farokhzad, M.D., who was previously Professor at Harvard Medical School and co-founded BIND Therapeutics, Selecta Biosciences and Tarveda Therapeutics.

Below is a brief overview video of proteomics research:

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The firm is developing what it calls the Proteograph Product Suite, ‘which will leverage our proprietary engineered nanoparticle [NP] technology to provide unbiased, deep, rapid and large-scale access across the proteome.’

Investors in the firm have invested at least $167 million and include Maverick Capital, Invus Public Equities, aMoon Fund, Fidelity, Emerson Collective and T. Rowe Price.

According to a 2016 market research report by Grand View Research,

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U.K. Unveils 5G Plan Banning Huawei Installations From September

(Bloomberg) — The U.K. will ban the installation of 5G equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co. by the end of next September.



A Huawei logo sits on display inside a Huawei Technologies Co. store at Menlyn Park Shopping Center in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Telecom company Rain said it has set up South Africa's first commercial fifth-generation mobile network in two large cities using equipment from China's Huawei.


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A Huawei logo sits on display inside a Huawei Technologies Co. store at Menlyn Park Shopping Center in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Telecom company Rain said it has set up South Africa’s first commercial fifth-generation mobile network in two large cities using equipment from China’s Huawei.

The restriction, first reported by Bloomberg last Monday, is part of a 250 million-pound ($333 million) package of measures brought in to diversify Britain’s wireless supply chain announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The stricter rules may also help fend off a challenge from lawmakers in the ruling Conservative Party seeking tighter restrictions on the Chinese network equipment maker.

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British ministers announced in July that Shenzhen-based Huawei would be totally

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Roadside Attractions – A Startup’s Plan To Support Britain’s Green Car Revolution

Petrol driven cars are set to disappear from Britain’s roads rather sooner than expected. Under the government’s updated “Green Industrial Revolution” plan, every new car sold from 2030 onwards must be either electric or an approved hybrid. This replaces a previous deadline of 2040.   

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All except the most hardened climate change skeptics will see this as a good thing, but a rapid transition to battery-powered mobility does pose certain short-term problems, not least in terms of providing a workable and user-friendly charging infrastructure.  

As things stand, even a rapid charging point will take around thirty minutes to pump up a battery from empty to full. Arguably that’s not too bad, but it compares unfavorably with the two or three minutes required to fill a petrol tank. Yes, you’re helping to save the planet but a half-hour wait is less than convenient.  

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Rivada, White House lobbying Defense Department on 5G spectrum-leasing plan

But the military has not embraced the proposal, even though it was pushed directly by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

“I’ll just be honest with you, the department has not embraced spectrum-leasing at this point … there are just so many issues at play including bringing in receipts and dollars into the department, and we don’t know how the DoD would even do that,” said a senior defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter freely.

“We’re looking for industry and [other government agencies] to give us some innovative ideas about how that might happen,” the official said.

The lobbying document obtained by The Post shows Rivada proposing that it create a 5G network and rent out that spectrum to private companies such as Netflix, Facebook or Tesla.

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Comcast faces backlash over plan to charge customers up to $100 for going over a home-internet data limit rolling out to 14 new states



a sign on the side of a brick building: Comcast sign logo in the wall of a building at Universal Studios. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images


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Comcast sign logo in the wall of a building at Universal Studios. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • Comcast is planning on adding data caps to its home-internet plans, starting in January.
  • In 14 states and the District of Columbia, customers with Xfinity internet plans that aren’t unlimited will be constrained to 1.2 TB of data per month, or face overage charges. 
  • Comcast has had data caps in other parts of the country since 2016.
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Comcast is adding a data cap for some of its home-internet plans starting in January. The telecommunications giant recently confirmed it’s introducing a limit of 1.2 TB on Xfinity Internet plans in 14 states and the District of Colombia.

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If customers that don’t have unlimited plans go over that cap, they must pay $10 for each additional 50 GB

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