High speed internet access expands in Lambton, Middlesex

More residents in Lambton and Middlesex counties will soon have access to high-speed broadband internet service.

The federal and provincial governments are each investing over $741,000 to provide the service to more than 1,000 families, farms and businesses in the Lambton communities of Ravenswood, Gustin Grove, Cedar Point, Glendale Beach, Hillsborough Beach and Highland Glen.

They’ve also pledged $575,000 to give access to more than 290 customers in Thedford, Springvale and Jura.

In Middlesex County, a total of $900,000 will support construction of broadband infrastructure to provide access to more than 170 families, farms and businesses in Kerwood, Strathroy and Napperton in the fall of 2022 and more than 100 in Ballymote by December 2022.

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Both governments are also providing more than $65,000 each to support construction of infrastructure in Middlesex County to provide services to more than 65 families, farms and businesses in rural areas outside of Melrose Township through May 2023.

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP and Labor Secretary Monte McNaughton said it was important for everyone in the province to have equal access.

“It’s important for our rural communities to ensure farmers can grow their businesses and families have access to high speed so kids can do their homework and carry out projects,” McNaughton said. “We continue to invest. It is a province-wide total investment of US$4 billion over the next few years.”

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McNaughton said the investment is another step in the right direction.

“Lead by Premier Ford, we are ensuring that by 2025 everyone in Ontario will have access to high-speed broadband. I don’t have to tell anyone that these connections are truly life-changing.”

The contracts to expand broadband services in Lambton and Middlesex counties were awarded by Southwestern Integrated Fiber Technology (SWIFT) Inc, a not-for-profit company formed by local communities to improve connectivity in Southwestern Ontario.

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“SWIFT is proud to be working with the federal and provincial governments as we continue to roll out broadband service across the region of our project,” said SWIFT CEO Gary McNamara. “As new high-speed connections roll out in Lambton County and construction of critical broadband infrastructure continues in Middlesex County, we are one step closer to our goal of a more connected Southwest Ontario.”

The governments of Canada and Ontario are each contributing more than $63 million to SWIFT through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund.

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