The Brant County RFP was released on March 23, 2020. Contracts will be awarded, and service provider agreements will be put in place shortly after the RFP closes on October 30, 2020 (Closing date extended to November 13, 2020).
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) today announced it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $4.8 million to bring faster reliable internet service to many more residents living in Brant County. The RFP is part of SWIFT’s Southwestern Ontario broadband expansion plan.
“Broadband has now become a necessary utility as essential activities such as work, education, shopping and accessing public services continue to move online,” says David Mayberry SWIFT Board Chair. “Our current reality has emphasized, more so than ever, the importance and need for greater connectivity across our region. That is why SWIFT, in partnership with the Government of Ontario and Canada, along with our municipal partners are pleased to announce that access to high-speed internet will soon be a reality for many more residents living in Brant County.”
“We are very excited to learn that the County of Brant will be securing more reliable broadband internet in the near future,” says David Bailey, Brant County Mayor. “This will help residents and business owners, in underserviced areas, expand how we connect. Having access to reliable broadband internet affects how we work and how we connect and has become an important aspect of life for many people. We look forward to working with our partners to ensure this implementation is a success.”
“Being a SWIFT Board Member, as the County of Brant’s designate, I recognize how effective a delivery agent SWIFT is. Combining government seed money with private equity, SWIFT is successfully managing to stretch every dollar to connect more homes and businesses than ever thought possible. But even after SWIFT’s big push, many will remain unserved. SWIFT, in partnership with community leaders, will continue to work hard until the vision of “high speed for everyone” is achieved,” says David Miller, Brant County Councillor and SWIFT Board Member.
Prequalified service providers have until October 30, 2020 to submit network designs and proposals to address broadband service gaps in eligible funding areas throughout the County.
To identify high-quality projects, SWIFT will evaluate all eligible proposals against a predefined assessment criteria.
When evaluating and selecting projects for funding, SWIFT takes into consideration the following: ability to provide 50 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up (50/10) service or greater, number of premises passed, future scalability of the network, and service provider contribution proportion, among other project selection factors.
Selected and approved projects will be announced once SWIFT has completed its evaluation assessment, negotiated contracts and awarded funding to projects that score the highest based on the evaluation process.
“SWIFT, through its public and private partnerships, is advancing the expansion of high-speed networks across our region to close internet service gaps,” says Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “In the race to increase connectivity in our unserved and underserved communities, today’s announcement represents a significant step in bringing high-speed internet to many more residents living in Southwestern Ontario.”
Operating on a cost sharing basis, SWIFT will leverage federal and provincial funding to subsidize up to a maximum of 2/3 of the eligible costs for awarded projects to deliver reliable internet to more people living in Brant County.
- SWIFT is currently overseeing a $209 million Southwestern Ontario broadband expansion plan that will connect 22% of the region’s underserved premises over the next 3 years.
- As part of its expansion plan, SWIFT has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $4.8 million to expand broadband infrastructure in Brant County. Contracts will be awarded, and service provider agreements will be put in place shortly after the RFP closes on October 30, 2020.
- The Government of Ontario and Canada have committed up to $63.7 million each to support SWIFT. The project also leverages additional funding from municipal partners and private sector investors.
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.
The project was approved for funding 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 improve access to broadband services across the region.
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