We have fiber-optic backhaul access in Morden/Winkler Manitoba.
Some business and residential locations have access to the fiber network already, I myself am currently enjoying a 150Mbit connection.
The CRTC has ruled that a connection speed of 50Mbit down and 10Mbit up are now classified as a "basic telecom service", they are funding $750,000,000 towards making this a reality over the next 5 years. (This includes all locations, not just towns and cities. Every remote farm yard, every end of the road residence.)
I feel largely safe in saying that these speed requirements will not be met over existing copper lines through the existing "DSL" service, it is technically improbable. Unless maybe in a very limited application in hard to reach locations once much of the service load and line congestion has been taken up by the fiber network.
Now, I understand that business is business, the main goal of any business is to turn a profit, but at this point it has become quite ridiculous. By all evidence and lack of infrastructure upgrades (to areas with already aging copper service) over the last (40-60?) years, MTS has quite assuredly dedicated itself to providing the absolute minimum service to this area until forced to change by legislation or competition.
(I’m hoping I can hold myself to making this my only opinion based attack against MTS’s business practices.)
Due to Morden and Winkler’s proximity to one another (approximately 9km), they may as well be considered as a single area in regards to providing a telecom service.
When you take into account that (as far as I
know and correct me if I am wrong) the main backhaul for the fiber network
in this area is provided from Manitoba Hydro's fiber trunk, accessed between
both "cities" at Hydro's office, this fact becomes doubly true.
That makes the Morden/Winkler area the 3rd largest population center in the province (in regards to proving these services), and most of the area has service so abysmal, that soon it will no longer even be classified as "high speed internet".
Now on to the questions... firstly in general, when will this all change?
What is the estimated timeline on having the "urban" areas of both cities with access to fiber at a 99% hook up rate?
What is the hard finish date on having these requirements met?
What are the estimated and hard finish dates for bringing these services to the more distant rural homes in this area (within 20 km)?
Has the CRTC imposed a timeline in which you will be penalized if you have not provided these services?
Can you provide me with a map, or at the very least a general listing of which areas of Morden/Winkler have been provided with fiber access?
As a final note, it has recently been announced that Winkler will be funding a private company "Valley Fiber" to services all civic buildings within the city with internet speeds of 1Gbps. Extended goals will be to make this the majority internet provider for the city.
These are the kinds of speeds we should be offered,
it is technically feasible to do so and the only reason to hinder growth of
this sort is greed.
Please step up your game, the internet is a part of almost everything with do in our modern society. Standing in the way of this growth hinders us as a community, it hinders us a province, and it hinders us a country on the world stage. I am looking forward to having these questions answered without evasion or vagueness.
Thank you in advance for your time.