Makes sense. I heard that downtown would get fibre first. Also, I doubt they would start with buried cable areas. The aerial plant is most likely in much worse shape.
I remember one or two streets in The Pas where the homes were aerial, but they buried the fibre down the front street! Thought that was weird!
One last thing, for the past ~6 years I've been doing this, MTS used a buried cable (not sure what it's called) that has 6 pair copper and fiber wrapped in a rigid sheath. These areas probably won't take much more work to light up.
I hope the same thing doesn't happen here like what did with that company down south (Verizon?) where they suddenly stopped the build out of FTTH (lack of money?)
Authorized Service Provider (Contractor) for MTS Allstream. Any views expressed are my own.