Rogers Communications completes the construction of a $7.7 million fibre-to-the-home network in Norfolk County.
(Norfolk, ON) December 15, 2021 – SWIFT announced today that Rogers Communications has completed the construction of a 70-kilometre fibre-optic network in Norfolk County to bring high-speed internet to 2,116 homes and businesses located throughout the communities of Wilsonville, Boston, Bealton, Dundurn, Waterford, Townsend Centre, Villa Nova and Bloomsburg.
“SWIFT is pleased to be working with Rogers Communications to further expand and improve high-speed broadband service throughout Norfolk County to ensure that many more resident and business owners are provided with access to high-quality internet connectivity,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “Today’s announcement is yet another major milestone for the SWIFT program as it brings our region one step closer to a more connected Southwestern Ontario.”
“Broadband expansion is good news for families, farms and businesses in these communities,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Access to high-speed internet is a necessity for Ontarians in our digital world, as families and businesses need high-speed internet to do their schoolwork, run a business or stay connected with family. Broadband internet is critical infrastructure that benefits the whole community and we’re delivering it to every corner in Ontario.”
The new fibre-to-the-home network is now in service to provide residents and business owners located along Old Highway 24 between Wilsonville and Bloomsburg and off Old Highway 24 along parts of Norfolk County Road East, Thompson Road East, and Concession 12 Townsend, with access to fast, reliable broadband connectivity.
“Many of our rural residents have long struggled with fast and reliable internet access, “said Norfolk County Mayor, Kristal Chopp. “The past two years has certainly shone a light on the importance for folks to connect for a variety of reasons – from work to play and everything in between. I’m thrilled, and thankful SWIFT has been able to offer this service to many communities across Norfolk County.”
“In partnership with SWIFT, we are thrilled that residents in Norfolk County will have access to Rogers Ignite services including Internet and Ignite TV. Our teams have worked hard to deliver dependable connectivity in the community at a time when staying connected to what matters most makes all the difference. We continue to work towards ensuring the county’s businesses and municipal offices benefit from that same connectivity,” said Philippe Oille, President of Southwestern Ontario Region, Rogers Communications.
To learn more about Rogers Communications’ high-speed internet services, please visit www.rogers.ca or call 1.866.210.4059.
- SWIFT, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and private sector investors, has committed a combined investment of $11.7 million to bring high-speed internet service to 3,947 underserved homes and businesses throughout Norfolk County.
- In total, SWIFT has awarded 96 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 53 projects in the construction phase and 10 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.
The project was approved for funding up to $127.4 million under the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF), a joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding program, and leverages additional funding from municipal partners and private sector investors to bring improve access to broadband services across the region.
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