Is Bell MTS entertaining newer copper options for our communities, especially ones where our phone lines are "clean".
The current plans for the federal government are to target larger pockets of the population that currently do not have access to 50/10 service through the end of 2021. Then the next ten years will be on bringing other residents up to that same standard. It means you might be waiting until late 2031, if no extensions are granted, to see improvements.
In the case of rural communities, copper is really not an option. A long time ago when voice was the only service decisions were made that make delivering high speed internet service difficult on even the cleanest of lines. Basically the further a line is run the lower the internet speed, regardless of if it is urban or rural. In rural areas the lines run a lot longer distance than urban lines, even if towns and other communities.
Something you might want to considering is organizing local residents through a petition or similar to your local RM, town, etc. asking them to get on board and lobby for better Internet service in the community. If the local government is on board and willing to talk to parties, and perhaps put in some money, you are much more likely to get action than as a single resident working alone.
Wow! Speeds of 1 Gbps in rural land! At less cost than what the school division is now currently paying! How can anyone not go for that? You are starting to see more ISP's providing fiber services to rural areas. i.e.- High Speed Crow offers fiber to many rural gravel roads well outside the East Selkirk town area.
There are techniques to overcome long loop lengths. In high density locations like Winnipeg and Brandon, we build weather proof cabinets and move the DSL access multiplexer closer to the customer. This requires a significant investment as we have to power/heat/cool the cabinet, and rural locations simply do not possess the density to justify this type of build.
Essentially, fiber to the home is really the only ideal option for rural deployments that would meet current and future market demands. Generally, evolutionary moves such as this are driven by competitive pressure or the existing copper plant requiring replacement. Communities like Selkirk, Dauphin and Thompson are examples where a complete fiber overlay was completed. In the case of Selkirk, it was driven by the condition of the copper plant. We are constantly on the lookout for enhancements that could improve customer experience, but in the case of rural locations, it isn’t a lack of will, but simply a lack of available options that are economically viable.
can't go big with no return.
In a perfect world everyone would have fiber in manitoba but the company doing it would go under in the first quarter.
Can't spend multi millions on a new fiber network for 1000 people in the community.