Frequently Asked Questions
How is Valley Fiber different than any of the other local incumbent / competitors?
Valley Fiber will be using an Active Ethernet Network design that mimics a data center's build and design style. Our competitors/local incumbents use technologies like GPON (Gigabit Passive Optic Network). The major difference is that in an Active Ethernet build out/network design like Valley Fiber's, we provide dedicated 1 Gbps connections to each individual customer. With GPON technology, the 1 Gbps is often split 32 to 128 times. This splitting makes guaranteeing a speed/consistent service nearly impossible and results in plans “up to” advertised speeds. Dedicated connections mean fast and reliable internet all day every day.
Will there be a data cap with Valley Fiber?
Valley Fiber will not be capping plans. We want our customers to use the services they are receiving without concern of an unexpectedly large bill in the mail. We also do not throttle plans at a set capacity or limit… your plan is truly unlimited.
When will you be in my area?
We will install the City of Winkler infrastructure this year. As we build this out, we will branch off into business and residential areas. The hookups for residences will begin in fall 2017. We will post current and future developments on our website.
We will add you to the production list (please fill out online form) and we will be in contact with you as we get closer to the installation date. Streets and neighbourhoods will be competing with a “who gets fiber next” campaign. Become a neighbourhood hero! Spread the word! FIBER IS COMING!
Why is there a hole in my driveway or lawn?
As our contractors install the conduits, they occasionally need to cross a gas line. By law, they require a line of sight to the gas line as they are drilling under/over it. The contractor is also required to restore hard property such as driveways and private property. The City of Winkler is responsible for repairing soft surfaces in the Right Of Way (ROW), such as grass.
When will the fiber to the businesses and residences south of highway 14 go live?
Businesses and residences will need to wait until the Central Office (CO) is built. We estimate the building completion date to be late November - December 2017.
What if I don’t sign up when the construction is in my area?
After the construction crews leave the area, the cost to get the fiber to your house will be between $750-$1,800 depending on the length of the run and difficulty of the drill route. There would be five crews involved: locate and safety watch team, ground construction crew, fiber crew, installers at house, installers/technicians in house.
Why don’t I have a “This Is A Valley Fiber Home” sign on my yard?
Not every home will get a sign. Contact us if you are unsure that you are on our production list.
What happens to my MTS email account if I cancel my MTS internet?
We recommend that you create a free email account with Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. You can transfer your emails and contact list to these email providers as well. You can keep your MTS email for a monthly fee of $5+/month per email address…unless you can negotiate a better price.
What is included with the install?
Valley Fiber will bring the fiber inside your house or apartment. Customers will need to supply the router. We can rent you a fiber enabled router for $5/month capable of the speed plan you purchase or you can buy a fiber enabled router from us for $250. We will supply customers with a media converter (fiber to CAT 5 ethernet) at no extra cost for those that do not have a fiber enabled router.
Can I sign up if I’m not in the construction zone?
Yes, please sign up as soon as possible! This will help us determine where we go next with our drills. The higher percentage of sign-ups in an area will definitely help us decide who gets high speed fiber next!
I currently have VISP. Are they going to cancel me automatically when I get Valley Fiber internet?
You will need to call VISP to cancel service to your home.