January 30, 2022 7:28 a.m.
About 570 homes, farms and businesses in rural Lambton County will have access to high-speed internet service by the end of the year.
Construction of a new $6 million infrastructure network is underway after it was first announced in May 2021.
This will serve those in the Plympton-Wyoming, Enniskillen Township and Watford areas.
Lambton Warden Kevin Marriott is happy to see the beneficial project moving forward.
“Farms have become very dependent on this,” Marriott said. “Technology is developing rapidly with agriculture’s need for broadband (internet). Between online schooling and agriculture, the project is welcome. This is a great addition to how underserved the whole of Lambton was, especially over the last couple of years with online teaching we have discovered just how underserved we really are.
The federal and provincial governments have each committed more than $385,000 to fund the project.
Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey said infrastructure improvements are essential.
“In our modern Ontario, access to reliable high-speed Internet is just as important for residents and businesses in rural areas as it is for those in major urban centres,” said Bailey. “I am extremely pleased that this project will bring essential high-speed Internet access to over 570 new customers in Lambton County before the end of the year. »
The broadband expansion contract was awarded by Southwestern Integrated Fiber Technology (SWIFT) Inc., a not-for-profit company launched by local municipalities to improve connectivity in southwestern Ontario.
SWIFT recently undertook similar projects in North Lambton, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and St. Clair Township.
More than $255 million has been invested by the governments of Canada and Ontario and the private sector to bring high-speed Internet to more than 58,000 homes and businesses in southwestern Ontario through from SWIFT.