SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX - High-speed internet connection will be live in Glencoe sooner than anticipated for an estimated 1,000 homes this coming August.
On 22 June a press conference was held outside of the Glencoe train station by North Frontenac Telephone Company (NFTC). An announcement for early completion for the installation of high-speed broadband internet for the village within the next 30 days was made.
NFTC representatives were joined by Mayor Allen Mayhew. According to NFTC’s vice president Sandy Huttal this announcement “is also going to be important for agriculture and our farmers to grow their operations, as well as to small businesses along Main Streets or in our communities or locally. So, this really is game-changing for the community and life-changing for families.”
Mayor Mayhew welcomed the news, noting the necessity for internet connection nationwide which has been made apparent throughout the pandemic.
“The last four and a half years have shown that the internet is vital. We can build with an online presence, it has become a highway for employment a sort of vehicle for entertainment, and is recently for children to have their education.”
Mayhew continued, “In addition to thanking North Frontenac for resources and funding that made this possible. High-speed internet could never be funded without support. Approximately $60,000 per kilometre funding through higher levels of government is absolutely mandatory. And I would like to thank both provincial government and (federal) Swift as well. More than 95 contracts to support the expansion of broadband infrastructure throughout Ontario. They have brought high-speed internet to approximately 65,000 households (provincially) just as roads are important pools, arenas high-speed internet is too.
The project was made possible through the provincial and federal government as well as $1.5-million courtesy of Swift. In the area, additional plans are in the works for extended service towards Wardsville
Damon MacLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner