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Huron County Unsure When Fibre Optic Funds Coming From Province

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Ontario begins dolling out SWIFT funding, starting with Norfolk County.

The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology program has received its first funding from the province.

Queen's Park is providing the boost to the broadband internet initiative known as SWIFT in Norfolk County, south of Brantford.

Huron County Councillor Roger Watt says he learned the news through an e-mail he received, during this week's Council meeting.

Watt represents Huron County on the SWIFT project, which aims to extend high-speed internet service and Wi-Fi to all rural areas of southwestern Ontario.

He says he's not surprised that it has taken so long to announce the initial round of funding, and attributes the wait to the change of government almost a year ago.

Watt says he doesn't know yet, where Huron County stands on the list of 14 municipalities that have yet to receive provincial funding.

Huron County Council in 2017 voted to invest around $678 thousand in SWIFT, over a five-year period.

SWIFT is a non-profit cooperative venture involving the provincial government and municipalities.

The province is committing a total of $63.7 million, to help provide broadband service to rural southwestern Ontario.

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