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.

NEWS UPDATE: January 20, 2020

SWIFT Announces Wellington County High-Speed Broadband Expansion Plan
  • SWIFT signs agreements with Cogeco Connexion Inc. (Cogeco Connexion), EH!tel Networks Inc. (EH!tel Networks) and North Frontenac Telephone Corporation Limited (NFTC) to support the expansion of broadband infrastructure in Wellington County.
  • Nearly 2,900 households and businesses across 17 communities throughout the townships of Guelph Eramosa, Centre Wellington, Mapleton and Wellington North will soon have access to faster and better internet services.
  • The broadband infrastructure expansion plan is valued at approximately $12 million.

SWIFT announced it has awarded contracts to expand high-speed broadband services to nearly 2,900 homes and businesses in Wellington County throughout the townships of Guelph Eramosa, Centre Wellington, Mapleton, and Wellington North.

“Access to broadband services is essential in today’s digital world, that is why we are pleased to announce that many more residents in Wellington County will soon have greater access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet,” says David Mayberry, SWIFT Board Chair.  “SWIFT is committed to improving network coverage in rural communities across Southwestern Ontario and looks forward to continuing to expand broadband services within our region.”

A total of $7.5 million in provincial and federal funding has been awarded by SWIFT to support four broadband infrastructure projects across 15 underserved communities within Wellington County. The total value of the newly announced projects is approximately $12 million, including nearly $4.5 million in contributions from the service providers.  

Read the full press release

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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