Tuesday, 20 September 2016

September!! Back-to-School – and More Broadband Research and Learning Opportunities


The start of a new school year at any university is an exhilarating time. This year is especially exciting because of the July 2016 funding announcement for SWIFTnetwork.ca
The R2B2 project is developing integrated research activities in partnership with SWIFT and its members.  We use a range of research tools including GIS mapping, surveys, data stewardship and community engagement. Our aim is to see digital technologies support sustainable rural communities and regional socio-economic development.
R2B2 works with a wide range of partners and communities across rural Ontario in relation to the economic, social and environmental benefits of high and ultra-high speed internet project.
Here’s a quick list of our current activities in the R2B2 project:
  1. Understanding and advancing economic outcome models for rural broadband in SW Ontario.
  2. Assessing the influence of connectivity on the uptake of precision agriculture technologies (initially in field crops) in SW Ontario.
  3. Rural youth and internet hotspots at public recreational facilities (initially this is skateparks but we also expect to continue with ice-rinks).
  4. Community engagement processes used in rural broadband investment planning – the tools used, lessons learned and best practices.
  5. Comparative analysis of rural broadband policies and investment programs, including historical timelines and relevant theories-in-practice that help to build this interdisciplinary topic of study.
  6. Networking with other universities and colleges to encourage collaboration and share knowledge and also, to encourage the training of a next generation of digital rural development specialists in Canada.

More information on these activities will be posted soon!   

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