- HuronTel completes construction on a fibre-optic network to increase access to high-speed internet service within the municipalities of Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Morris-Turnberry.
- Wightman Telecom is now offering high-speed internet connectivity to many more rural homes and businesses in the community of Formosa.
- EH!tel Networks begins construction on a high-speed network to connect 1,054 homes and businesses within the municipalities of Arran-Elderslie, Brockton and South Bruce.
(Bruce County, ON) April 21, 2022 – SWIFT announced today that an additional 374 homes and businesses throughout the municipalities of Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Morris-Turnberry now have access to fast reliable broadband connectivity as the Southwestern Ontario regional broadband expansion program marks the completion of two high-speed networks in Bruce County.
“SWIFT is making strong progress in the expansion of broadband infrastructure throughout Bruce County, thanks to the hard work and dedication from many of the local internet service providers,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “Two out of eight awarded SWIFT projects in Bruce County are now complete and providing service to many more rural residents. Work is also underway in the remaining project areas throughout the county with construction forecasted to be complete by the end of this year.”
“We’re delivering on our commitment to provide access to high-speed internet for rural Ontario,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Building new broadband infrastructure in Bruce County will help build Ontario and strengthen rural communities by helping people stay in touch with loved ones, enabling them to access the supports they need and providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.”
HuronTel has completed the construction of a fibre-optic network within the municipalities of Huron-Kinloss, South Bruce and Morris-Turnberry, to provide 133 homes and businesses in the rural areas located east of Lucknow, including within the community of Langside, with fast reliable internet connectivity.
“HuronTel is pleased to now offer fibre optic broadband services to this previously under-served area of Bruce County,” says Ryan McClinchey, General Manager of HuronTel. “This project, with the support of SWIFT, builds on HuronTel’s commitment to serve the residents and businesses in our small towns and rural communities with much needed high-speed internet.”
Wightman Telecom is now offering high-speed internet service to 241 homes and businesses within the municipality of South Bruce, as the service provider completes the construction of a fibre-optic network to bring greater connectivity to the community of Formosa.
Within the municipalities of Arran-Elderslie, Brockton and South Bruce, construction is now underway to significantly expand broadband access as EH!tel Networks breaks ground on a high-speed network. Through a combination of both fibre and wireless technologies the service provider will provide 1,054 homes and businesses throughout the communities of Vesta, Ellengowan, Pinkerton, Eden Grove, Cargill, Dunkeld, Chepstow, Pearl Lake, Maple Hill and Malcolm with access to high-speed internet. Network construction is expected to be complete with service available to all locations within the project’s footprint by September 2022.
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 with the federal and provincial governments and private sector investors, has committed a combined investment of $16.3 million to bring high-speed internet service to more than 5,240 underserved homes and businesses in Bruce County.
- 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 57 projects in the construction phase and 24 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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