Province Announces Next Step to Improve Internet Access in Essex County

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The province has taken a $12.8-million step to improve internet access in Essex County.

Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology initiative or SWIFT.

Officials noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for reliable internet for work and play.

The RFP for Essex County closes on July 31 and the contract will be awarded shortly after.

SWIFT Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus to address connectivity in Southwestern Ontario