Are there plans to increase the speed of internet in Flin Flon?

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I know this has been asked before, but the problems remains. I am not asking for Fion, which would be nice, but it is to the point where I cannot even watch youtube videos in SD. At best, and I mean very very rare, do you see 3 Mb/s but the most common speed is less than 1 Mb/s during regular load and it only goes down from there at peak times. I restart, do all the tricks, we've had service people help with it, really honestly, less than 1 Mb/s is almost always the norm. Are there any plans to speed things up even a little... I would be willing to pay large sums of money to have internet that isn't from the 90s. Why is it that we can have LTE Cell coverage and a community an hour and a half a way can have Fion, but we can't even watch a youtube video without it stoping every 5 seconds?
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Hello Vincent, 

How are you connecting to the internet? With a wireless device or a wired modem? 
I can get you a more accurate answer if you send your account information to community@mts.ca
Otherwise it will be a more generic answer for Flin Flon in general. 
Let me know. :) 

Tennille
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And as I have said elsewhere, the municipal government has been and is currently talking to MTS, what's more is that I have taked with my MLA who has told me that MTS had made it very clear that they are a private corporation not under the influence of any government, whether it be provincial or municipal. I'm curious if you work for MTS, because I'm certain this is more a money issue then anything. Flin Flon simply isn't worth the investment for MTS. I would just like a straight answer to that effect. Are the cost of improving internet speeds far to high to be worth it? Or do they eventually pan to bring better speeds up here in the future?
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I don't work for MTS but you are likely on point when you said it was a money issue. If the city of Flin Flon said they would front the cost of the entire upgrade for say $2/month per customer back from MTS over 10 years I would be shocked if Flin Flon wasn't magically moved to the front of the upgrade list.

It doesn't matter if your MTS, Shaw, Google, the city of Flin Flon, Vincent or Cory there is an actual coat to every inch of cable anyone sinks into the ground. That cable also has an accepted depreciation rate. The big companies then sit down and look at how much they need each month to cover the sunk costs. If the return on investment is negative (losing money) it doesn't happen. For most rural high speed internet installations that is the biggest issue. And if there is existing service, as poor as it may be, you need to look at the increase in revenue and the projected loss of exisitng income if nothing is done, not the total revenue today.

Without outside finding sources, such as a local government or large commercial client, the upgrades residential customers want are not economical viable.
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Missed one part - in terms of future service changes, those are near impossible to predict. All the sudden the cost of a mile of fiber costs one tenth service that want economically viable could be. Or maybe the federal or provincial government outs significant tax dollars on the table for internet in remote communities. Lots of things can change.
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In case anyone was wondering it's been a over a month and still no word, I think we can safely say there are no plans to ever improve the quality of Internet in Flin Flon. It's actually kind of embarassing that I can't even play an online game or watch YouTube videos in 2016. I moved here from a community of around 300 people (10 minutes out of that town on a lake) which is 48 km away from Flin Flon and my internet connection there was easily 10 times what it is here.
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Hello Vincent, 

I did get told that Flin Flon is at the top of a list of Internet congested locations that is being looked at in 2016. I was hoping to have more information for you but with the holidays things moved slower. It is an endeavour that they are looking at for this coming year, so that is positive news. :) 

Tennille 
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I've connected wired as well as wireless, there is no difference, the fact remains that internet speeds in Flin Flon average 1 Mb/s. This is not isolated to my area of town, people from all over the town have the same experience as me. The issue is the infrastructure, so my question remains. Are there any plans to improve internet speeds in Flon Flin?