SaskTel leaving rural high-speed internet service
About 8,000 people in rural Saskatchewan will soon lose their high-speed internet access through SaskTel, which is cancelling its fixed wireless network.
The network will be discontinued at the end of this year, due to broadband spectrum allocation changes being made by Industry Canada.
As well, the equipment needed to maintain the existing network is deteriorating and no longer manufactured, according to the provincial phone company.
SaskTel says customers who sign a three-year deal with Xplornet will not have to pay for new hardware.
So these people are being dumped off to Xplornet. heh
Being told to take a 3 year locked in contract with a supplier they don't know after forking money out to Sasktel for internet hardware.
I wonder if SaskTel will hand over these peoples S.I.N's to Xplornet as well? »SaskTel Under Privacy Investigation
I also wonder how their rates will increase now. Overcharges?
Anyone with more info?
meh, 8000 spread out over the bottom 1/4-1/2 of sask isn't all that much, probably making close to nothing off them. If they can transfer them over to Cell based net which they're maintaining anyways, it just makes sense. Why pay for infrastructure twice.
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1 year extension...
This weeks decision means rural Internet coverage will remain as-is for at least the next year and allow affected customers to work with SaskTel to find solutions that meet their needs, the province says.
I wonder what other alternative will be given to them, other than what was already stated (Xplornet only).
Will be interesting to see if only lip-service is being given here instead of real service.
Just wanted to point to the continuation of this topic here since it took a bit of a turn with the declaration by the Harper gov that Xplornet's 4G wireless and Sasktels 5-meg satellite was not good enough for these 8,000 rural people:
»Harper Government declares Internet a Necessity