Rogers Communications is now offering high-speed internet service to Norfolk County residents in the Wilsonville area.
(Norfolk, ON) February 11, 2021 – Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) today proudly announced that Rogers Communications is now offering fibre-to-the-home services to Norfolk County residents living in the Wilsonville and Dundurn area.
“This is very exciting news for the residents of Norfolk County,” said David Mayberry, SWIFT Board Chair. “COVID19 has demonstrated the importance of access to high-speed internet and we are proud to be partnering with Rogers Communications to bring greater connectivity to many more homes and businesses throughout Southwestern Ontario’s underserved communities.”
“Access to reliable, high-speed internet connectivity should no longer be considered a luxury. In fact, it’s imperative for full engagement in today’s world,” said Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp. “That’s why I’m thrilled to see more Norfolk County residents getting access to this connectivity, thanks to the great work by the SWIFT team.”
Rogers Communications, in partnership with SWIFT, is constructing a fibre-optic network to bring high-speed internet access to more than 2,116 homes and businesses throughout the communities of Wilsonville, Boston, Bealton, Dundurn, Waterford, Townsend Centre, Villa Nova and Bloomsburg.
Construction of the $7.6 million joint venture is expected to be completed with service fully available by August 2021. As the buildout of the 86-kilometre fibre-to-the-home network continues to progress, customers in the remaining underserved project area will be brought online in a phased approach.
“This announcement marks yet another milestone for SWIFT and our partners as we continue to expand broadband infrastructure throughout Norfolk County and across Southwestern Ontario,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “Access to high-speed internet is essential for remote learning, working-from-home and supporting local businesses. That is why we are pleased to partner with Rogers Communications to bring fast, reliable broadband service to approximately 5,200 residents in Norfolk County over the upcoming months, starting with more than 200 locations in the Wilsonville and Dundurn communities.”
“Providing dependable internet service to Canadians, no matter where they live, has never been more important,” said Philippe Oille, President of Southwestern Ontario Region, Rogers Communications. “Our teams, in partnership with SWIFT, have been working diligently to extend our network and bring our leading Ignite services to the residents of Norfolk County and we look forward to connecting more of the community in the coming months.”
Today’s announcement is part of SWIFT’s $209 million broadband expansion plan that aims to bring better broadband access to approximately 50,000 underserved homes and businesses across Southwestern Ontario.
- SWIFT, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and private sector investors, previously announced a combined investment of $11.7 million to deliver high-speed internet to 3,950 underserved homes and businesses across Norfolk County.
- Rogers Communications was awarded funding to bring fibre-optic broadband service to roughly 2,116 locations throughout communities of Wilsonville, Boston, Bealton, Dundurn, Waterford, Townsend Centre, Villa Nova and Bloomsburg and several rural roads between and surrounding these communities to improve access to high-speed internet.
Norfolk County Project Overview
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.
Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology