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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My Bushfire Plan: new app and website launched to help West Aussies prepare for bushfire season

With bushfire season officially starting this week, a new app and website have been launched to help West Australians better prepare for the coming summer.

Called My Bushfire Plan, the online tools are an Australian-first and aim to help users to make critical decisions such as when to leave, what to take and where to go before a fire encroaches on their home.

Commissioned by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the website and app have been released in conjunction with a hard-hitting bushfire awareness advertising campaign.

The new $1 million How Fireproof is Your Plan? campaign urges people to rethink their personal risk with just one in 10 West Aussies having a bushfire plan.

The television advertisements show people, children and livestock trapped in dangerous bushfire scenarios after leaving it too late to leave during an emergency.

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said West Aussies have no excuse

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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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Europe Business Plan Software Market Forecast to 2027

The business plan software market in Europe is expected to grow from US$ 13949. 51 million in 2019 to US$ 26099. 06 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8. 54%from 2020 to 2027. The countries in Europe have been experiencing a rise in the number of start-ups since the last few years, and these companies are inclined toward adopting software-based solutions.

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Germany is one of the fastest-growing countries in this region, with a huge number of startups operating in it.

As startups and SMEs are increasingly emphasizing on their business plans to estimate the ROI, as well as predict future of respective businesses, the demand

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Amazon’s $2.8bn plan: India gets its second AWS cloud computing region

Amazon’s cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has announced plans to build a second AWS region in India and will reportedly spend $2.8bn on building out the infrastructure. 

The new region will be located in the state of Telangana in the Hyderabad tech hub and becomes part of AWS’s Asia Pacific cloud. It joins the AWS region in Mumbai, which launched in mid-2016 and has three availability zones. 

“As the capital and the largest city in Telangana, Hyderabad is already an important talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs,” said AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr.

“This upcoming infrastructure region in Hyderabad is the latest in a long series of investments that we continue to make in India.”

The Hyderabad region is expected to come online in mid-2022, bringing AWS’s total global regions up to 29 if both operational and in-progress regions are included. AWS currently has 77 availability zones across 24

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Facebook’s Plan if Donald Trump or Joe Biden Declares Early Election Victory

Facebook will use warning labels if any U.S. political candidate or party declares early victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Mark Zuckerberg sitting at a desk in front of a flat screen tv: CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg appears on a monitor as he testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg appears on a monitor as he testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led social network has pledged to add “more specific information” to posts in question and in “top-of-feed notifications,” releasing an image that showed what the labels will look like for its users on Facebook and Instagram.

It will read: “Votes are being counted. The winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election has not been projected.”

On Facebook, a link will redirect users to legitimate updates, including latest results, being shown in the app’s Voting Information Center.

Facebook said it will remove content that attempts to “suppress participation, intimidate voters, or organize to

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U.S. Agencies Question FCC Plan to Shift Auto Spectrum to Wi-Fi | Technology News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation and Treasury departments raised strong objections to a plan proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to shift much of a key spectrum block set aside for auto safety to accommodate the burgeoning number of wireless devices.

Documents reviewed by Reuters show strong pushback against the plan. The Transportation Department said the FCC plan is “a particularly dangerous regulatory approach when public safety is at stake.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said this week the commission will vote Nov. 18 to finalize a plan to divide the 5.9 GHz spectrum block reserved in 1999 for automakers to develop technology to allow vehicles to talk to each other and traffic infrastructure, but has so far gone largely unused.

Pai would shift 30 megahertz of the 75 megahertz reserved for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) to enable a different automotive communications technology called Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything, or C-V2X, while

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Netflix prices are being increased in the US today, standard plan jumps to $14

Netflix is introducing price hikes for its US subscribers today, increasing its standard plan to $14 a month and its premium tier to $18 a month.

The new pricing for the standard plan is a $1 price increase (from $13 a month), while the new premium tier cost is a $2 increase (from $16 a month). New subscribers will have to pay the updated monthly fees, while current subscribers will see the new prices over the next few weeks as they roll out with customer’s billing cycles.

Industry insiders have long anticipated another round of price hikes at Netflix, which last increased subscription fees in the United States in January 2019. Recently, Netflix increased the cost of some plans in Canada. Netflix rolls out price changes on a country-by-country basis and the change “in the US does not influence or indicate a global price change,” a Netflix spokesperson told The

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Developing A Business Plan? 11 Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make

Research has shown that the businesses that survive the longest are those that have a solid business plan. New entrepreneurs hear this information, but it gets lost in a sea of contradicting tips and tricks. The result is that these entrepreneurs either fail to create a thorough business plan or try to make it do too much.

Many things set good business plans apart from bad ones. The one overarching idea is that the business plan should describe what the business does, how it does it and how it can keep on doing it at a larger scale. Below, 11 members of Forbes Business Development Council delve into the most common mistakes that new entrepreneurs fall prey to when developing their business plan and offer advice on what they should be doing instead.

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SpaceX is on a stunning streak with Starlink, Elon Musk’s plan to bathe Earth in high-speed internet. But the scheme isn’t without big snags.

a sunset over a body of water: SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called Starlink user terminals, which are designed to connect to the internet via a fleet of orbiting satellites, "UFOs on a stick." Ashish Sharma/SpaceX

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has called Starlink user terminals, which are designed to connect to the internet via a fleet of orbiting satellites, “UFOs on a stick.” Ashish Sharma/SpaceX

  • SpaceX has rocketed nearly 900 Starlink satellites into orbit to build a high-speed internet service.
  • Elon Musk, the company’s founder, says Starlink will soon open for a public beta, followed by paid US service shortly thereafter.
  • Early results are promising, with high speeds and low latencies. SpaceX even gave Starlink terminals to Washington State emergency responders and the Hoh Tribe, which both lauded the technology.
  • Starlink also got FCC approval to bid for $20.4 billion in subsidies, is close to being licensed in Canada and Australia, and has won multiple US military contracts.
  • But Starlink faces significant challenges in terms of the network’s capacity, effects on astronomy, and creation of space debris. 
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