Faster internet speeds in rural communities across the county are on the way.
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology, SWIFT, a not-for-profit, collective broadband initiative, has launched its first in a series of request for proposals (FRP). The RFP outlines a list of requirement to construct an ultra-high speed, open access, fibre optic network to rural and remote areas with limited internet access.
While construction will begin in the summer of 2018, customers will start receiving access throughout 2019.
The project leverages $180 million from the federal and provincial governments in addition to $17 million from municipalities. Gerry Marshall, Simcoe warden and chair of SWIFT, said this is the start of a $4-billion undertaking.