All Three Levels of Government Collaborate to Launch Broadband in SW Ontario
"It's a big, big deal."
Ontario Deputy Premier Deb Matthews announced - together with a large group of elected officials from Ontario - a new wave of infrastructure spending for broadband in Southwestern Ontario.
Elected officials from Chatham-Kent, Leamington, and London as well as media members were in attendance as Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli, London MP Peter Fragiskatos, and Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains together with Deputy Premier Matthews announced a new influx of spending to establish a wider and more advanced broadband network for municipalities from Windsor to Orillia.
In total, the Federal and Ontario governments are jointly committing $180 million to develop a connectivity network - titled SWIFT (SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology) - for over 300 communities in the region. Minister Chiarelli estimates that a total of 3.5 million people across these 300 communities will now have access to the internet, and will help set the trend of digitization: "Southwestern Ontario, from Windsor to Orillia, will be mainstream in helping ... build the digital economy the world is embracing."