Southern Ontario residents are about to get an internet boost as Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT), announced the third phase of their high-speed internet project.

The Canadian non-profit was created by local municipalities to tackle connectivity in the region. Monday saw SWIFT issuing an $8.2-million request for proposals. The RFP relates to broadband infrastructure in Oxford County.

After showing positive results in Norfolk, Lambton and Wellington, SWIFT Board Chair and Mayor of South-West Oxford David Mayberry said, “SWIFT is proud to be taking yet another step forward with the launch of a targeted broadband project dedicated to improving internet connectivity to the homes and business of Oxford County.”

This marks a big first step towards the promise by Minister of Women and Gender Equity and Rural Economic Development, Maryam Monsef, “To connect all of Canada to high-speed internet by 2030”.