High-speed internet coming to Pelham, Wainfleet thanks to $1.6 million government investment


Published April 21, 2023 at 12:18 pm

Some 677 families, farms and businesses in Pelham and Wainfleet will see high-speed internet coming to their properties thanks to a $1.6 million investment from the federal and provincial governments.

The federal and provincial governments have partnered with Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. on the expansion into the largely rural Niagara communities.

“Providing reliable internet access is especially important for rural communities to prosper in our increasingly digital world,” said Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey.

“Today’s announcement will ensure that homes, businesses, and farms in the Niagara Region can connect to essential online services and enjoy the additional economic opportunities made available through high-speed internet.”

The contracts to expand broadband services in Niagara Region were awarded by SWIFT, a not-for-profit corporation, initiated by local municipalities to address connectivity in Southwestern Ontario.

“We know reliable internet access is a gateway to growth in rural Ontario,” said Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff. “This new expansion of rural broadband in the Town of Pelham will connect more families and businesses to high-speed internet. I know constituents in Niagara West will gladly welcome this new SWIFT project.”

Gary McNamara, SWIFT Board Chair, said that his company had completed a 68-kilometre high-speed fibre-to-the-home project in the Niagara Region and was grateful for the government investment in the project.

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