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Huron County Councillor Says Broadband Project Moving Slowly

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Councillor Roger Watt says contacts could be awarded for province-wide SWIFT project next month.

The drive to connect rural residents and businesses with high-speed Internet and WiFi continues to be slow going.

Huron County Councillor Roger Watt is the local representative on the Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology program, known as SWIFT.

He tells Country 104.9 News that requests for proposals have been given to vendors in three Counties so far, and that contracts will be awarded on the merit of their plans.

Watt expects that to happen sometime in September.

He maintains that three Counties is a start, but Huron is among 11 other Counties in the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus that are anxious to get started on broadband projects.

Watt welcomes the Ford government's addition of $150 million under a new broadband plan.

He suggests the funding is critical to SWIFT's success, because the entire project likely will cost $209 million.

Watt adds that's about 10 per-cent of the total cost to extend high-speed Internet and WiFi service to all households, businesses and industries across the province.

The SWIFT project has a completion deadline of sometime in 2023.

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