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Province says $5.5 million available for expanded Internet access in Perth County

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PERTH-WELLINGTON – The Ontario government says there is up to $5.5 million available for expanding broadband Internet infrastructure in Perth County.

The funds are available through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT).

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece announced the available funds on June 17.

“For years we’ve been saying that rural and small-town Ontario needs better broadband,” said Pettapiece.

“It’s a major investment, which I’ve been pushing for a very long time. Families, businesses and farms in Perth-Wellington will be stronger because of it.”

Allan Thompson, SWIFT board member and chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, welcomed the announcement by Pettapiece as access to high-speed Internet is critical for families and businesses in rural Ontario.

“At a time when people have become more dependent than ever on broadband, having access to high-speed internet is critical,” said Thompson.

“As a result of our public-private partnerships, SWIFT is proud to announce that many more homes and businesses in Perth County will soon have greater access to reliable internet services.”

Perth County Warden Jim Aitcheson stated he was pleased by the announcement.

“This announcement ensures that Perth County alongside other regions in Southwestern Ontario will be able to better link our underserved rural communities to level the playing field for this critical resource of high-speed connectivity,” he said.

The RFP for Perth County closes on Nov. 20, with the contract being awarded shortly after.