I agree with IWM HDTV, this service is not intended to compete with urban terrestrial services, which for obvious reasons will always be more reliable, and will likely remain faster and cheaper for the foreseeable future.
I must admit my frustration with Inukshuk as their mandate with Industry Canada was to deliver "last mile" service to underserviced parts of Canada and their initial rollout was to the broadband-deprived e-deserts of Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, etc. I guarantee if you provided WIMAX to professionals/residents in Muskoka, they would rave about the service and the price. Heck, charge 50% more and I'd be in line for one.
Therein lies the frustration; they are rolling out a technology that can blanket large unserviced areas of moderate population density (numerous southern ontario regions spring to mind) and market to consumers that would jump at the service, but instead they blanket urban areas already covered by a multitude of broadband networks and market it as a gimmicky gadgety Business Commuter service.
Unless you are lucky enough to live in a "politically popular underserviced area" like Iqaluit, Whitehorse or Charlottetown, I'm not placing bets on seeing this service any time soon. I'm currently forking over a hefty $108 monthly for a very latent and highly bandwidth restricted Xplornet satellite service, I live in a city of +30,000 and most have no broadband option. I would walk across a bed of broken glass and dirty crack needles to get a 3 meg connection without latency.
Finally, why all the secrecy about the rollout plans for this and other broadband services. It sure would be nice if Rogers/Bell would say region X is scheduled for spring 2008, give us cavemen in the woods something to look forward to.
I purchased the Bell 3MB service and tested it briefly today in Barrie and it worked great (tested at +2.6mbps d/l midday), though not quite as fast as the 10 meg fiber connection already in the building. Unfortunately, I was hoping it would work at some of our remote locations without service in the outskirts of Barrie and so far no luck. As for my house on Lake Simcoe near Orillia, no workie. Explorenet is destined to be my very expensive and very latent housemate.