(Perth County, ON) February 10, 2023 – SWIFT today announced high-speed internet service is now available to an additional 475 homes and businesses in Perth County.
As part of SWIFT’s Southwestern Ontario broadband expansion plan, Mornington Communications has successfully completed the construction of two high-speed fibre-optic projects to bring greater connectivity to the municipalities of North Perth and Perth East.
“Having access to a strong reliable broadband connection is vital in today’s highly connected digital world in which internet plays a role in just about every ordinary day-to-day activity,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “With construction now complete on two more SWIFT funded projects in Perth County, we’re proud to partner with Mornington Communications to provide rural homes and businesses across our region with access to high-speed internet service.”
Servicing more than 125 kilometres of roadway, the newly established high-speed fibre-optic networks are now providing residents living and working throughout the communities of Donegal, Britton and Tralee with access to fast reliable broadband service.
“Our government continues to deliver its commitment to expand access to high-speed internet to communities across the province,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “By building new broadband infrastructure in Perth County, we are helping to build Ontario and strengthen rural communities. This investment is helping people stay in touch with loved ones, enabling them to access the supports they need while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.”
“Providing reliable internet access is especially important for rural communities to prosper in our increasingly digital world,” said Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Today’s announcement will ensure that homes, businesses, and farms in Perth County can connect to essential online services and enjoy the additional economic opportunities made available through high-speed internet.”
“It is great to see more of our rural communities being connected to high-speed internet,” said MPP Matthew Rae, Member of Provincial Parliament for Perth-Wellington. “As many families and business owners know, in today’s interconnected world, high-speed internet is vital. Our government is committed to expanding high-speed internet to every corner of Ontario by the end of 2025.”
“I am pleased to see the continued progress of the SWIFT Rural Broadband project in Perth County,” said Rhonda Ehgoetz, Warden of Perth County. “Stable rural broadband is vital and it is an excellent step forward to see that 475 homes and businesses throughout Donegal, Britton and Tralee will now have access to this essential utility.”
Residents located within the SWIFT funded project areas that are interested in subscribing to high-speed internet can now sign up with Mornington Communications to receive fibre-optic connectivity to their homes and businesses.
“Mornington’s commitment to bringing world class Internet services to rural Ontario is exemplified in this project. Thank you to SWIFT and the Ontario government for supporting this project. Hundreds of under-served homes, farms and businesses now have access to gigabit services,” said Ken Naylor, General Manager, Mornington Communications.
To learn more about Mornington Communications’ high-speed internet services, please visit www. mornington.ca or call 519.595.4142.
Today’s announcement is part of SWIFT’s $270 million regional broadband expansion plan that will bring high-speed internet access to nearly 64,000 homes and businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario.
For additional information on SWIFT funded projects, please visit: www.swiftruralbroadband.ca/projects.
- SWIFT, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and private sector investors, has committed a combined investment of 6.5 million to bring high-speed internet service to more than 880 underserved homes and businesses in Perth County.
- In total, SWIFT has awarded 97 contracts to support the expansion of broadband infrastructure throughout Southwestern Ontario to bring nearly 64,000 homes and businesses across the region access to high-speed internet service. Local projects are underway, with 32 projects in the construction phase and 65 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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