SWIFT Announces $19M In Broadband Improvements For Essex County

Friday October 30th, 2020

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High-speed fibre-optic broadband services is coming to 5,173 households and businesses across 20 communities in Essex County.

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology has awarded $8.5 million in federal and provincial funding to improve high-speed internet connectivity throughout the municipalities of Essex, Kingsville, Leamington and Lakeshore. In total Essex County will receive $19 million in broadband upgrades, including more than $10.5 million in contributions from the internet service providers, to support five fibre-to-the-home projects.

Cogeco Connexion has been awarded funding to support three fibre-to-the-home projects. The newly awarded projects will collectively service 207 kilometres of underserved roadway throughout Essex County to bring high-speed internet to 3,687 homes and businesses within the municipalities of Essex, Kingsville and Leamington. The projects represent a collective total investment of $13.3 million and will be completed with service available by late 2022.

TekSavvy Solutions will receive funding to support two fibre-to-the home projects to deploy 52 kilometres of fibre-optic line within the Town of Lakeshore. Representing a collective total investment of $5.8 million, the new fibre networks will provide high-speed internet service to 1,486 households by late 2021.

Collectively the awarded projects will service nearly 260 kilometres of underserved roadway to deliver high-speed fibre connectivity to many more residents living in Essex County.

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