Working Together

tabletRural communities in the 21st century know all too well the importance of high-speed connectivity.  They also know that full participation in the digital economy involves a lot more than just overcoming technical and financial hurdles: communities need to know where the technology is going; what the core applications and business models are; and how to build community engagement and communication strategies key to project viability and sustainability.


Digital Futures 2016:  The Van Horne Institute is pleased to host its next Digital Futures symposium on March 9 & 10, 2016 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Digital Futures 2016 topics to be covered, include: Community updates, Five Broadband Business Models – Which is Best for Your Community, and Building the Business Case for a Connected City

This event will be held in conjunction with the Local to Global Forum that is hosted by the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor, which will be held on March 10 & 11, 2016.

You are invited to register to attend both the Symposium and the Forum or to attend the two events separately.

Thank you to our sponsors: Medicine Hat College, Calgary Regional Partnership, Palliser Economic Partnership, DataHive, and the City of Medicine Hat.


Digital Futures Symposium on Rural Broadband Enablement: The Van Horne Institute is pleased to announce that its next Digital Futures symposium will be held October 15 and 16, 2015 in Olds, Alberta. Launched in the fall of 2013, Digital Future meetings and symposia have become must-attend events in Canada for rural municipal leaders and decision makers responsible for broadband enablement in their communities.

Digital Futures 2015: was held at the University of Alberta campus at Alumni House, (11515 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB), on March 26 and 27, 2015 – it focused on our increasingly complex regulatory environment in Canada, in addition to providing key updates and perspectives on where new models for community-based development are emerging in the rural domain.


The Alberta Digital Futures Symposium: was a two-day workshop aimed at identifying barriers, opportunities and models for accelerating true broadband development in rural communities. Focused on technical and applications issues, governance models, and socio-economic considerations, representatives from rural communities, industry, government and the research sector gathered to identify stumbling blocks, best practices, and the models/solutions needed by communities looking to take their digital infrastructure investment to the next level.

Analysis of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326
AB Digital Futures Symposium Final Report