Well, they've come and gone and fortunately the extra receiver was able to connect using the existing coaxial cabling in the walls. Ethernet may be the better option, but at this point I don't think it's worth rewiring the house.
One additional question I do have regarding the service is about something I read on the Fibe TV website. They say that the current 25mbps allocation per line is "soon increasing to 50 Mbps":
I guess this is to help accommodate those people you have closer to the maximum number of allowed televisions on their system, since all of them being on at once would eat the internet down to pretty much nothing with just 25mbps. I tried asking the installation guy whether the changeover to 50mbps would be automatic with my current setup, but he wasn't sure and said it may only be FTTH customers who'll actually get that 50mbps. I'm pretty sure our neighborhood is currently just FTTN, so I was wondering if he was right, or whether FTTN is sufficient to allow the extra bandwidth? If so, I don't really understand how Bell can offer Fibe 50 internet around here (but they do, hence my question), since I think everything except new developments would still only be FTTN.
I do wish Bell would get in gear and upgrade the full infrastructure, though. I get the dilly-dallying over the past 10 years, since they have little in the way of competition, but as they own it you'd think they'd have at least some interest in keeping it up to date.
Fiber-to-the-Home installations require a minimum of 1.5 to 2 days of labor; there is a considerable amount of hardware both inside (Clearcurve zbl optical fiber, optical network terminal, Bell router and large battery backup) and outside (Two optical junctions; on the utility pole and another on your house to accomodate the more bendable Clearcurve zbl optical fiber which runs indoors), so once all this is installed and working, a client would not be inclined to easily switch to another provider for quite some time. There is a quasi-sense of 'moral irreversibillity', once you have an FTTH installation in your home; you will be attached to Bell for a long time. Take the time to think it over.
Does Bell actually go through all that in some cases, or is it just something they're doing in Quebec? I'd love to have Bell bring the fibreoptic cabling straight to my house, but they seem to have their own schedule.