A total of up to $280 million dollars is being invested in high speed internet service across the region.
The governments of Ontario and Canada have committed to investing up to $90 million dollars each to help bring ultra-high speed internet to more homes and businesses in the region.
The funding announcement was made Tuesday morning at the London Roundhouse, attended by Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli, MPP for London North Centre Deb Matthews, and Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains.
The money is part of the “Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology” project, also known as SWIFT.
Chair Gerry Marshall said they’re expanding access to broadband by delivering fibre optic coverage to over 300 communities in southwestern Ontario, as well as Caledon and Niagara.
“So we will, number one, create a far reaching fibre network that is closer to customers, we’ll do this by installing new fibre where it doesn’t exist and utilizing fibre that we already have across the region,” he said. “Secondly, we’ll leverage government and broader public sector organizations such as schools, post secondary institutions, and health care centres as the anchor tenants of our network.”
According to government officials, the project will help southwestern Ontario communities and businesses better compete in global markets, attract new jobs and improve quality of life.