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!

The targeted project will focus on underserved areas within the county that do not meet the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications (CRTC) universal service objective of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload (50/10) and are not currently expected to see any commercial roll-out plans from service providers in the near future.

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 will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Wellington County’s project later this year. During this phase of the project, SWIFT’s prequalified Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) will bid on the project and will propose the most efficient and effective network designs to address connectivity challenges within the local area.

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.

 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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