Improved internet coming to underserved parts of Brockton

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BROCKTON – Council approved passing bylaws to enter into a lease agreement and telecommunications access agreement with EH!Tel Networks Inc.

A report prepared by Gregg Furtney, director of operations, stated that in November of 2020, the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) organization announced the expansion of broadband service to 5,200 households across Bruce County, including Brockton, Arran-Elderslie and South Bruce.

SWIFT signed an agreement with EH!Tel Networks Inc. to support a hybrid project which will use a combination of both fibre and wireless technologies to expand broadband access. SWIFT awarded $4.7 million to deploy fibre cabling along 66 kilometers of underserved roadway and upgrade service on existing wireless towers to provide high-speed connectivity to more than 1,054 residents.

Within Brockton, EH!Tel Networks will service Vesta, Ellengowan, Pinkerton, Eden Grove, Cargill, Cargill Siding, Dunkeld, Chepstow, Otter Creek, Pearl Lake, Maple Hill, and Malcom. The hope is that the upgraded and additional broadband services will be available by the end of 2021

In addition to the Telecommunication’s Access Agreement, EH!Tel Networks requires some property to put up a hub structure at the Brant municipal workshop.

There was some discussion about “tightening up the language” in the agreement, but council was pleased with the report.

Mayor Chris Peabody commented, “This is good news.”

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times