The challenge is the federal government is offering grant money for providers that are first past the post in getting consumers 50/10. If Bell MTS had limited ability to roll fiber out such as limited skilled employees they will likely pick communities where they can get that grant money by being first past the post.
I wish the folks trying to build the fiber network in Winkler good luck as this type of series is not as easy to build out or as profitable as the public seems to think.
Thank you for your post. Unfortunately Bell MTS has no immediate plans for FiON expansion in Winkler. We are of course aware of Valley Fiber and I can assure you that our Capital Planning Department has taken their initiative into consideration. If there are any updates, I will post back to this thread and all the other threads related to this subject.
That being said, I understand that you are frustrated with the limited plan offerings available in your community, but would like to ask if you are indeed achieving 5Mbps downstream? If not, that would equate to a congestion issue and I would like more details so that Bell MTS can address it for you. Despite not being able to address your post regarding evolutionary connectivity changes, Bell MTS does take congestion of your existing service seriously and would like to help get that resolved! Please feel free to reply to this thread or PM us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Fiber just turned into another Telco (barely competitive with MTS especially if you are bundled). Their business plan is a bit screwy as well. Very little hope. Especially looking at the desperation they are showing with the continued attempt at hype through Facebook, and making neighborhoods compete to see who gets fiber first? A sign of poor execution on their part, very desperate. A proper business plan and engineering should allow them to just roll it out. Bad signs all around for Valley Fiber. Almost ready to call it dead.
I imagine by this time next year when the money is dry the early investors will be getting common shares to keep em happy while they attempt another round of funding/investment. I doubt they even hit the $4 million mark. That will be gone very quickly. Rosebrook was a cheap install. No curbs, and minimal in ground infrastructure. Quick setup, yet only a handful connected so far. Maybe MTS will swallow it up if Valley Fiber fails.
I would love to see MTS continue to deploy fiber in Winkler and other rural communities. With Bell committing a billion dollars in Manitoba I see some of it hitting the smaller regions to improve service, although it won't all be fiber.
I should also add. MTS does have fiber in a fair number of areas of Winkler. They even started putting fiber in some areas that still have poles. This is the least expensive option to deploy it. This will also put them into a position to get federal money for their upgrades. I honestly hope the feds would give their money to MTS over a questionable new startup.
All new areas will continue to get MTS fiber, and Winkler is growing quickly. So it won't be long before the ratio of Fion homes grows.
Keeping my fingers crossed.
The first ISP offering fiber at my door will be the one I sign up with. If it's not Bell and I lose some bundling as a result, I'll be shopping for other providers for two cell plans and TV as well.
Your co-operation is appreciated.
Have a great day! :)