Tiny council feeling super about information highway

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Looking at council, one would think that residents of Tiny Township are excited to be accessing high-speed internet… finally.

During a recent committee of the whole meeting for Tiny council, a notification from the province last month regarding the SWIFT broadband initiative was commented upon by Mayor George Cornell.

SWIFT (Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology) is a non-profit, municipally-led broadband expansion project, aimed at bringing high-speed internet to rural communities across Ontario. The $4 billion investment saw the province signing agreements with eight service providers to supply up to 339 municipalities for internet infrastructure, which could serve up to 266,000 unserved and underserved homes and businesses by the end of 2025.

“We know that the Township of Tiny benefitted from the SWIFT broadband initiative,” said Cornell. “I understand some customers have actually started to be hooked up.”

His words prompted Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma to raise two thumbs up to the virtual meeting while sporting a large smile.

“Bell was the primary provider here in the Township of Tiny,” Cornell continued. “(Fibre-optic cable) has been laid, I’m sure we’ve seen lots of the orange conduit being installed around the township.”

Cornell also noted that the completion for some of the projects was targeted for the end of November, which was “good news for our municipality”.

“For folks that want to track the progress of the SWIFT Bell projects in the township, there is a SWIFT website and it’s just been recently updated… with a very good interactive map so you can get an exact handle on the project and the timing, and where things are at,” Cornell added.

Information on the upcoming broadband upgrades to Tiny are available on the internet services page of the Tiny Township website.

The provincial announcement for the SWIFT project can be viewed within the agenda page located on the Tiny Township website.

Archives of council meetings are available to view on Tiny Township’s YouTube channel.

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca