Valley Fiber continues to roll out a high speed internet network beneath Winkler.
Testing is set to begin in the concept community of Rosebrook in the coming weeks, with speeds starting at 1,000 mb/s, with room to add 10,000 mb/s.
"You never have to compete with your neighbour," Valley Fiber CEO Hank Wall says, over internet speeds.
Wall explains both the residential and commercial customers in Roblin Blvd are up next to receive access to the underground network.
He notes since making the call for investors they've received strong support in raising funds in Southern Manitoba. Valley Fiber is still raising money from local investors to reach the goal of $15 million.
The Province has also seen the value of the project and announced a special tax credit of 45% on any investment into Valley Fiber up to $450,000.
The City of Winkler was an early adopter, investing $500,000 into the initiative. The city recently signed a letter of intent with Valley Fiber allowing the project to continue to move forward on construction of their head office North of Highway 14.
Wall says that support has been key, "without it this could not happen," he says.
Construction will soon begin on the Valley Fiber head offices and world-class data centre, the only facility like it in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg.
News of the project has spread across North America, and Winkler Mayor Martin Harder explains a number of companies who rely on speed of internet are already inquiring about expanding into the city.
"The opportunities are absolutely phenomenal," Harder says.