Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) is a non profit municipally-led broadband expansion project created to improve internet connectivity in under served communities and rural areas 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 support the expansion of broadband infrastructure in areas that do not meet the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) Universal Service Objective of 50 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up (50/10).
R2B2 is the research partner to SWIFT. Our role is to study the economic benefits of broadband investment across the region. SWIFT’s Board of Directors considers the research partnership with University of Guelph an innovative aspect of its initiative.
Municipalities and citizen groups across the region can call upon R2B2 to join in community engagement and knowledge mobilization on broadband issues relevant to their communities. We engage University of Guelph students in this important initiative to develop capacity for their future work related to digital opportunities for small communities and rural areas.