SWIFT Internet Initiative

Building better internet service and connectivity in Wellington County

Most of Southwestern Ontario is not served by fibre optics today. A lot of rural areas don't even have access to internet.

Wellington County is one of 18 partners across southwestern Ontario in the regional SWIFT (SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology) initiative, bringing broadband to our rural communities.

We are pleased to announce that the SWIFT Network has included a $12.1 million targeted project focused on improving high speed internet in Wellington County!

SWIFT’s innovative approach to funding open access broadband networks will aim to connect business facilities, public buildings and residential homes in underserved areas within the project region.

SWIFT has created and interactive map on their website which can verify if you are in an ‘eligible’ funding area. That is, if you are located in areas that SWIFT will fund the Internet Services Providers (ISPs) to construct new broadband facilities capable of providing 50Mbps down and 10Mbps up (50/10) or better. The light blue/purple overlay on the map represent areas that currently have 50/10 (or better) service and are therefore ineligible for SWIFT funding.

It's important to note that while the project will begin the initial first steps in the process to address connectivity challenges within Wellington County, not all household/premises located in underserved areas (50/10) within the region are guaranteed to be connected during this phase of the project.

In regards to timing, the RFP for Wellington County will close on September 26, 2019 and during this process service providers will submit proposals to SWIFT based only in the areas that are considered ‘eligible’ and based on the amount of funding available in Wellington County. The ISPs will take approximately 2 months to design their networks, develop their proposals and present them to SWIFT.  SWIFT will then complete their evaluation of the proposals and will focus on which proposals result in the best outcomes. Generally, ‘best outcomes’ means more homes passed and more fibre installed.

Construction of the network will commence once the procurement process has been completed and successful proponents have been selected.

Have more questions regarding the project? Please contact:

Melissa O’Brien, SWIFT Communications Manager
e-mail
416.826.9759
226.256.1640

What is SWIFT?

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to subsidize the construction of an open-access, high-speed broadband network in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.  The project’s approach strives towards the overarching goals of narrowing the digital divide and making small-town Ontario more competitive in the information economy.

Why is it taking so long to build? Don't we already have high speed internet? Read answers to all of these and more on SWIFT's Frequently Asked Questions page.

SWIFT Updates
 Local News Articles

SWIFT

"SWIFT launches a $12.1M targeted project focused on underserved homes and business "

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CBC
"Rural internet pilot project in Wellington County gets $12.1M from province"

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Local Telcos:
  • Wightman
  • Bell Canada
  • Standard Broadband
  • Xplornet
  • Eh Tel
  • Packetworks
  • Mornington Communications

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