March 09, 2020
SWIFT announces $8.2-million Request for Proposal to expand high-speed internet in Oxford County
Warden Martin responds to expansion of broadband infrastructure announcement for Oxford
“Oxford County applauds Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology’s (SWIFT) latest step towards expanding high-speed internet in Oxford County. SWIFT will work to improve broadband infrastructure by way of an $8.2-million Request for Proposal (RFP) announced today. The project will be dedicated to improving connectivity in underserviced homes and businesses across the County.
“One of Oxford County’s strategic directions is to create a County that is well connected, which includes ensuring internet connectivity for all residents and businesses. Oxford County has been a key supporter of SWIFT, contributing $704,239 over the past five years. With today’s $8.2-million announcement, Oxford County will see a return on its investment of nearly 12 to 1.”
Read SWIFT’s news release related to today’s RFP announcement
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’Caucus to subsidize the construction of high-speed broadband networks across Southwestern Ontario. The project was approved for funding under the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF), a joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding program, and leverages additional funding from municipal partners and private sector investors to improve access to broadband services across the region.
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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