Owen Sound, Grey County, July 29, 2014 – The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) has taken another step forward in bringing ultra-high speed fibre optic broadband connectivity to Southwestern Ontario that is reliable and affordable regardless of population density. The Caucus supported the findings of a third-party review by Ryerson Professor Catherine Middleton delivered to the WOWC on July 23rd which reaffirmed the SWIFT open access model as the best choice for building a fibre optic broadband platform for the future in Southwestern Ontario.
“Our region, which stretches from Hwy #400 to Windsor and Lake Erie to Tobermory, covering land area of 41,286 km2, representing approximately 10% of Canada’s population. The importance of ensuring our 3.5 million people are well served by robust, scalable and affordable broadband infrastructure cannot be over-emphasized,” SWIFT Steering Committee Chair Duncan McKinlay said. “The SWIFT regional fibre optic broadband network is critically important to our region’s future prosperity – and we have committed to investing in it as a top priority.”
SWIFT has also begun working with 30 Community Engagement Coordinators across Southwestern Ontario who has been hired by the Southwest Economic Alliance to complete a benchmarking process as part of SWEA’s Intelligent Region Initiative. The Community Engagement Coordinators will be collecting feedback about Internet service throughout the region through interviews, events and a survey. To complete the SWIFT survey, click here, and also sign up for our newsletter.
For more information about the SWIFT Ultra High-Speed Fibre Optic Broadband Network, please contact: Duncan McKinlay, SWIFT Steering Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Geoff Hogan, SWIFT Project Staff Lead, at email@example.com or 519-372-0219 x 1284.