It’s the question I’m most often asked. The answer depends on the building. The primary determining factor is the building’s age. If the building was constructed prior to 2000 (unless it’s a loft conversion), it’s unlikely that we will be able to bring fibre services to the building anytime soon. Most residential buildings constructed prior to 2000 don’t have adequate space for the new fibre-optic infrastructure.

There may be some exceptions to this pre-2000 rule, but these buildings are rare. Sometimes, management in older buildings has recognized the need to invest in upgrades and provide space for new fibre-optic infrastructure. In this case, we can work with the building. We also offer free advice on the most efficient and economical manner to proceed in order to accommodate multiple providers (not just beanfield) and their fibre-optic infrastructure. 

Once building age is ruled out, three potential scenarios remain:

1. You live in a building with an existing condo corporation. 

2. You’ve purchased new construction and the building isn’t yet constructed, or 51% of the units haven’t yet been sold (prior to 51% of the units being sold, it’s still fully under the developer’s control). 

3. You live in a rental building.

It’s worth noting that with any scenario, there is absolutely ZERO COST, commitment, or obligation of any kind to the developer, building, unit owners, residents, the property manager, condo corporation or anyone who represents the building. All costs are covered by beanfield, which is a win-win situation for all. Beanfield has the opportunity to service new customers, and building residents get an alternative choice for true fibre-to-the-home service.

There is also little to no disruption to the building during installation of our infrastructure. We pride ourselves on the best installation work in the industry, and our team is very respectful of the building and residents. 

 

1. You live in a building with an existing condo corporation. 

In this scenario, the ultimate approval to introduce beanfield services into the building rests with the condo board. As property managers oversee all work performed in a building, they play a key role in the process – so we always like to include them right from the start.

What do you do?

  • Email your property manager (and cc a board member) and express your interest in having Beanfield services installed in the building. Request that the property manager contact beanfield so we can review the process and complete a site visit. Be sure to underscore that there is zero cost for anything whatsoever.
  • If your property manager doesn’t contact us, contact one of your board members and request they contact the property manager on your behalf.

What does beanfield do?

  • Once beanfield has been contacted, our representative will visit the building and review the entire process with your property manager (and anyone from the board who is interested).
  • After the initial visit, we will send the property manager a proposal to present at the next board meeting. A beanfield representative will also be available to attend the board meeting to meet members and answer questions.
  • Once we have board approval, it can take anywhere from 3-6 months to have the building ready for service. This period takes into consideration the time needed to secure city permits, plan infrastructure, etc.

 

2. You’ve purchased new construction and the building isn’t yet constructed, or 51% of the units haven’t yet been sold. The process for new construction buildings is very simple, yet sometimes the most challenging for Beanfield to complete. The developer simply provides us with what’s called an “access/easement” agreement, and then we install our infrastructure at ZERO COST. However, in some select cases, a developer may resist entry to an alternative service provider in a building, and/or request a building “entry fee”. Beanfield’s value-add to customers is our premium fibre services, reasonable pricing, and discerning customer service. So should it be requested, we will decline to fund any building entry fees – which can result in them preventing us from entering the building. We believe in passing on value and cost-savings directly to residents vs. a developer. We have also encountered situations where developers have claimed there is not adequate space for a third provider. There is always more than adequate space in any new building for infrastructure beyond two providers, regardless of the type of infrastructure being installed.

 

3. You live in a rental building. In this scenario, your building has a property management company and an actual owner, and the ultimate approval may lie with one or the other. It’s often hard to tell which one!

What do you do?

  • Contact the property management company and express your interest in having Beanfield services installed in the building. Request that the property manager contact beanfield so we can review the process and complete a site visit. Be sure to underscore that there is zero cost for anything whatsoever.
  • If you don’t receive a response from the property management company, try contacting the building owner or coordinate with other residents to express your interest as a group.

What does beanfield do?

  • Once beanfield has been contacted, our representative will visit the building and review the entire process with your property manager.
  • After the initial visit, we will send the property manager a proposal including info regarding installation and our fibre services.
  • Once we have approval, it can take anywhere from 3-6 months to have the building ready for service. This period takes into consideration the time needed to secure city permits, plan infrastructure, etc.