Provincial officials announced the first significant step in expanding broadband internet in Brant County Thursday. The Request for Proposals by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. has been issued in Brant County.
The province has committed to expanding access to the internet in rural areas through a $4.8 million broadband infrastructure expansion.
Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma says he knows first-hand about challenges of internet connectivity in rural Ontario. “I also know first hand Minister Hardeman’s tireless advocacy for fair broadband availability for the smaller towns and municipalities, many of whom feed Ontario,” Bouma says. “Our community is looking forward to the faster, more reliable internet coverage.”
SWIFT is a not-for-profit organization partnering with the province working to address connectivity in Southern Ontario to expand to underserved areas.
Brant County Mayor, David Bailey calls the step truly good news for residents and business owners in the county. “The internet has expanded the way we connect as a society,” Bailey says. “It can affect how we work, how we access news from around the world, and how we connect with loved ones. It has become an important aspect of life for many people. Securing reliable broadband internet in the County of Brant will make a positive and significant impact on many people’s lives.”
The RFP for Brant County closes on October 30th. The contract will be awarded, and the service provider agreement put in place shortly after.