Local Businesses Getting Hooked Up

Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain at the Mayors Breakfast 2014.

A new program is in place to make sure all agricultural businesses in southwestern Ontario have access to high speed Internet.

Essex County Warden Tom Bain says 14 municipalities are working with the provincial government to develop the South Western Integrated Fibre Tech (SWIFT) network. “If we’re going to stay on the world market, and be a leader on the world market, we’ve got to be able to have broadband (Internet), we’ve got to be able to have high speed.”

Bain says there are small pockets in Essex County that need to be cleaned up through this project, but there are bigger remote areas elsewhere in southwestern Ontario still using a dial-up Internet connection.

The cost of SWIFT is estimated at $240-million, which Bain hopes will be mostly paid for by the federal and provincial governments.