High-Speed Internet Coming To More Essex County Residents

Wednesday June 17th, 2020

Posted at 7:35pm

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Faster, reliable internet services is coming to more Essex County residents after Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology announced a $12.8 million RFP for the expansion of broadband access.

“We are thrilled with this announcement today, as the dedicated work of SWIFT is beginning to take shape in Essex County, ensuring residents and businesses will be provided access to fast and quality internet services,” said Essex County Warden Gary McNamara.

“We know that broadband technology is integral to our region in order to attract investment, retain talent and create opportunities for economic prosperity. This RFP is the first step to crucial connectivity across the County and we look forward to future partnerships and successes.”

Prequalified service providers have until July 31st, 2020 to submit network designs and proposals to address broadband service gaps in eligible funding areas throughout the County.

SWIFT is a non-profit corporation initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to address connectivity issues and subsidize the construction of high-speed broadband networks across Southwestern Ontario.

“Broadband has now become a necessary utility as essential activities such as work, education, shopping and accessing public services continue to move online,” said David Mayberry, SWIFT Board Chair. “Our current reality has emphasized, more so than ever, the importance and need for greater connectivity across our region. That is why SWIFT, in partnership with the Government of Ontario and Canada, along with our municipal partners are pleased to announce that access to high-speed internet will soon be a reality for many more residents living in Essex County.”

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