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OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND BROADBAND

The Town of Bradford’s Office of Economic Development (OED) recognizes that rapid, reliable Internet access is critical to both households and businesses. Pursuant to this, the OED has been actively pursing opportunities to partner with local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and applying for grants from senior levels of government to help facilitate the expansion of broadband technology throughout the community.

CENGN

Update (February 2, 2022): The Holland Marsh Broadband project is in the final stages of being up and running.

CENGN will be running performance tests at several different sites as a performance test of Rogers’ new service. Residents are urged to use the tool located here to establish available Internet speed:

https://performance.cira.ca/bradfordwestgwillimburyking

In January 2021, the Office of Economic Development successfully submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) to become a host community for expanded broadband Internet service through Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

On March 22, 2021, CENGN announced a partnership with Rogers Communications for the development of broadband in the Holland Marsh, to include both BWG and neighbouring King Township.

This project promises several benefits, including:

  • 10Gbps High-Speed Backhaul Capacity for the network.
  • A high-performance 5G wireless distribution network.
  • Small footprint monopole towers.
  • Improved 25/5 and 50/10 Mbps internet access services for residents.
  • Connection of up to 400 farms and homes.
  • Fast network deployment timeframe, with installation starting in 2021 and expected completion in early 2022.

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SWIFT

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT), a regional broadband expansion project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and delivered in partnership with member municipalities and the government of Ontario and Canada, is committed to improving access to high-speed internet services across Southwestern Ontario.

Focused on enabling greater digital equality between rural and urban populations, SWIFT subsidizes the construction of open-access high-speed networks to encourage service providers to expand broadband infrastructure in underserved rural areas.

On December 11, 2020, SWIFT signed an agreement with Vianet to deploy fibre cabling along more than 73 kilometres of underserved roadway throughout the Towns of New Tecumseth and Bradford West Gwillimbury and within the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio to deliver high-speed internet to 1,207 businesses and homes.

Construction of the $5.8 million fibre-to-the-home solution is expected to be completed with service available in 2023.

Vianet recently completed sections of the SWIFT project that is within BWG and have been connecting customers to fibre over the past two months in sections of Arthur Evans Court and 9th Line, as well as areas of Leonard Road, and some sections just north of the Holland Marsh on the west side of the 400.