(Chatham-Kent, ON) June 8, 2022 – Today SWIFT announced that TekSavvy has completed the construction of a fibre-optic network in Chatham-Kent which will bring high-speed internet service to an additional 422 homes and businesses throughout the communities of Mitchell’s Bay, Dover Centre, Grande Pointe and Pain Court.
“Today’s announcement is great news and thanks to our partner TekSavvy, many more residents living in Chatham-Kent’s small and rural communities now have access to fast, reliable internet service,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “With the completion of the network buildout, these newly established fibre connections will deliver long-term positive benefits to the municipality by enabling residents to access digital resources and online services while providing local businesses with greater economic opportunities.”
“Every community that receives high-speed internet is a step forward for all of Chatham-Kent,” said Chatham-Kent, Mayor Darrin Canniff. “These communities are important to our agri-business and tourism sectors as well as for each resident.”
Residents located within the SWIFT funded project area that are interested in subscribing to high-speed internet can now sign up with TekSavvy to receive fibre-optic connectivity to their homes and businesses.
“TekSavvy is proud to deliver high-speed internet access and the latest fibre-based technology to our local communities”, says Charlie Burns, Chief Technology Officer at TekSavvy. “The SWIFT initiative is a win-win for all, especially for the local businesses and residents who have been waiting for high-speed, affordable connectivity.”
To learn more about TekSavvy’s high-speed internet services, please visit www.teksavvy.com or call 1.877.779.1575.
For additional information on SWIFT funded projects, please visit: www.swiftruralbroadband.ca/projects.
Today’s announcement is part of SWIFT’s $268 million regional broadband expansion plan that will bring high-speed internet service to more than 63,000 homes and businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario.
- SWIFT, in partnership its member municipalities and private sector investors, has committed a combined investment of $19.3 million to bring high-speed internet service to 4,825 underserved homes and businesses throughout Chatham-Kent.
- In total, SWIFT has awarded 97 contracts to support the expansion of broadband infrastructure throughout Southwestern Ontario to bring more than 63,000 homes and businesses across the region improved access to high-speed internet. Local projects are underway, with 59 projects in the construction phase and 26 projects completed.
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to subsidize the construction of high-speed broadband networks across Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.
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