Fibe Internet in the La Broquerie Area -

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When will Fibe be available? Im paying same amount for high speed as other towns, yet only have "up to" 5mbps download. How is this fair? Gimme 7 or 8 and I'd be happy. Im seeing 3 or 4, never 5.
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Until something more specific is announced you can use the federal government's 50/10 for all Canadians by 2031 as a guide post.
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Thanks for the BS answer. What I get out of that is be happy you have service even though the cost is same as everyone else that gets double triple or more MBPS.

Whats the phone number for Swift again?

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It's not a BS answer. The federal government has mandated companies get the population from about 85% to 90% with access to 50/10 service by the end of 2021. This means the foucs for the next four years is on realtively dense rural population centers that are currently under serviced. Places like Winkler, Modern, etc. La Broqueire falls into what is currently the 2021-2031 category.

I get that the answer sucks but the other alternative is to talk to your local government (RM) and put pressure on them to make the upgrades happen sooner. If you can organize a group of local citizens to put pressure on them it will go even fuether.

Posting on the internet is about the least effective way to bring about the type of changes you want.
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I asked MTS about Fibe and/or faster internet, they told me to post it here....


thanks for the explanation

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Hey Gregory,
Cory really does give the best answer possible.  Unfortunately we don't have any specific timelines for areas to upgrade to fiber.  One thing I can tell you for certainty is that we are aware of the struggles of rural communities and we are making strides to provide better service, but we can only do so much at a time.  I know this likely isn't the answer you were looking for but I hope being honest about it at least helps. 
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The other piece to keep in mind is there are limited wire crews. Do you focus them on getting service to areas that never had, upgrading rural service in larger communities to meet government policies, upgrade customers making the most service requests, provide service to new construction, or upgrade Winnipeg service to support a lucrative 4K tv rollout, and likely many other priorities.

Think of it along these lines: potential revenue per km of cable. In a rural area where you can only get broadband and houses are further apart that measure is less. In Winnipeg you get broadband, often at an upgraded price tier, tv and then descreation tv channels owned by Bell.

Yeah, it sucks that rural residents don't have the same service level but the federal government is trying to get that addressed.
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So then why are rates keep increasing while rural communities speeds keep getting slower and urban communities are getting faster?

So no, I don't think that's a fair deal we are paying in rural communities and practically getting dial up speeds.Almost 19 years and no speeds increases here.

The op has a point. " How is this fair?"
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Hi, Both your answers are not what I wanted to hear but are honest and tell it how it is which is nice to have a direct answer. It's too bad is all.
Being able to work from home, I will have me look for different internet option until MTS come up with a solution when it's available for the area
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Rural internet speeds in Manitoba are a complete joke with bell/mts. We are still in the stone ages! Congestion has reduced many wireless and DSL services to barely useable at peak usage periods and there has been no noticable increase in the last 20 years. Many third world countries have better service! Consider yourself lucky just to have access to a congested DSL service. As to providing fibre as not being profitable in rural areas, that is complete BS. Many smaller companies like High Speed Crow are fasting expanding, now providing fiber services to small communities, even at many rural country roads outside of towns. With Winnipeg still only having small pockets of fiber available, chances are extremely slim that bell/ mts will ever step up their snail's pace and provide long overdue updated services to their rural customers that are paying the same price. 
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Just as a little tid bit of information, Bell MTS has introduced Fiber to about 20 rural communities in just over a year.  Hopefully we can keep up that pace and possibly even increase it with the additional backing of Bell.
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Although it is a start, cherry picking a very few select locations in select communities hardly qualifies as providing fiber services. What percentage of people that live in these select few communities actually have access to bell/mts fiber services? Not much! Winnipeg is supposed to have this service but the vast majority, even after 20 years, still do not have access. If you have DSL availability, the chances are even slimmer that bell/ mts will ever provide fiber upgrades.
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I remember new homes being built around 2008 or 2009 getting fibre, so most homes built since then in large scale neighbourhoods should have it.
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You should have used "than" rather than "then" in that first sentence of yours.  Don't show the world that Manitobans were asleep during grammar classes!
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The website states "select addresses" likely because fiber would not be available to homes outside of town, at least in most cases.  A home may be considered part of a community or town but be located quite a ways outside of the actual town itself.  This in itself poses a whole other set of challenges.  As for the timeline, I may have been a little bit off, I was going mostly on memory.  It may have been more than a year, but not much more.  Something to keep in mind though, fiber has been laid for years and years now, but not used.  This could be why you would remember homes from almost a decade ago getting fiber in their area, but it was never activated or used.
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That list of communities is completely misleading. Take Morden for example, there are a handful of houses around downtown business and the high school that have FTTH in a community of several thousand residences.

BellMTS will toss a community on that list if there is a single FTTH residence. BellMTS needs to clarify with service coverage maps or % of residences data rather than this legalese "select residences," or take it down altogether and just admit they are a woefully inadequate ISP.
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I don't think we will ever see a bell mts FTTH coverage map. The real truth would not be very pretty! It is far more profitable to continue sucking every penny out of a underpowered and oversold network for decades and counting than it is to provide long overdue upgrades. It is a true crime that underserved customers have to pay the same price for vastly inferior and outdated services.
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Even if we don't have fiber I'm pretty sure copper wire can handle better speeds then 5 Mbps/625 kB/s.

I'm paying $63.95 a month and only getting 5 Mbps for the last 19 or 20 years which is dial-up in this day and age. Pretty much a rip off compared to what they get in the city.