Connections, Especially in the West

(Via PRNewswire) If you chose to do your National Canadian Film Day viewing online, and had an uneven experience, this new report from CIRA (the Canadian Internet Registration Authority) may shed some light on that, especially if you live in the West. CIRA  has released new data on how Canadians experience Internet speed and quality across the country, and among its findings is this: “Western cities lag behind: Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal top the list, while Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Regina all landed in the bottom half of the ranking.”

Canadian Internet speeds by province (CNW Group/Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA))
Canadian Internet speeds by province (CNW Group/Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA))

SMPIA announces it’s subsidizing two spots for its members (with a little help from Western Economic Diversification Fund) in Becoming a Storypreneur, an exclusive 11-week online program that helps filmmakers and other screen media storytellers build a digital business and marketing plan. The SMPIA subsidy will reduce the cost from $2,500 to just $500. If you’re not a member, there are bursaries for creators in many parts of Canada, SMPIA says. Deadline to apply is May 6th, and you can read the other details here. Of course, participants will need a good Internet connection, which could be an issue if they live in the West . . .

 

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