Take the SWIFT survey to help build ‘broadband for everyone’

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Over the last few years, CPC worked with the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus (WOWC) on the SWIFT (Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology) Initiative, which aims to connect 350 communities and 3.5 million Ontarians with affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet.

After campaigning to build awareness, the project received funding from all levels of government, and the SWIFT team is now planning how to invest $300 million in Southwestern Ontario.

The next step in the process is to figure out how to make the most of this funding. SWIFT needs to know where they should be investing, how they can support communities, and determine the needs and desires of every resident and business.

SWIFT has created three surveys that anyone can take. These surveys will help SWIFT allocate the funding and decide what communities and services must be prioritized in the rolling out of the fibre network.

There is a survey for residents and farmers, one for businesses, and one for the MUSH/public sector.   

The Residential/Farm survey can be taken by anyone living in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon, or Niagara Region. Businesses of all sizes in these areas can take the Business Survey, and organizations of any size can take the MUSH/Public Sector survey (MUSH stands for Municipal, Utility, School, and Hospitals).

Before taking the survey, make sure you have your provider’s name and contract information. All the surveys will ask about your Internet service, regarding your type of connection, and your download and upload speeds. It’ll also ask details about your monthly plan and the number of users you have on your connection.

The survey will only take you about 15 minutes and all of the information is confidential. You can leave any of the responses blank if you do not wish to answer. Your 15 minutes can make a huge difference in the development of Southwestern Ontario’s fibre optic broadband network. 

For more information, get in touch with swiftsurveys@swiftnetwork.ca or call 855.561.4479.

Campbell Patterson