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SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT)

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 …

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Matt Rapke, GIS Specialist

Matt is a GIS specialist with a background in data modelling, information management, data governance, data analyses, and business process analyses. He is currently a part-time student at the University of Guelph in the MSc Rural Planning Program. His goal in this program is to explore how land use planning decisions can be improved through …

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“Happy Holidays and New Year Greetings from the R2B2 Team!”

As 2018 comes to a successful close, we wish you a happy holiday season.  Thank you for your continued support for helping to improve life (our mission statement at the University of Guelph) through regional and rural broadband research! Dr. Helen Hambly | Associate Professor R2B2 Project Leader School of Environmental Design & Rural Development | University of Guelph Johnston Hall …

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Welcome to the new R2B2 website!

We’re pleased to release this new updated website for the R2B2 project. We’re looking forward to keeping you informed about our activities in 2018. Just a reminder, the SWIFT residential/farm and business surveys are continuing and your input for “Broadband for Everyone” in Southwest Ontario, Niagara and Caledon is greatly appreciated.

Future Projects

R2B2 is involved in a range of other regional and rural broadband action research activities. This includes relevant university networks such as Digital Futures. We also liaise with social innovation groups (e.g. Evergreen’s Mid-Size City Study), various digital initiatives by the Province of Ontario (e.g. OMAFRA, MEDEI, etc.) as well as federal agencies (e.g. ISED, AAFC, etc.). …

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Partnership Development

Regional and rural broadband is best understood as a system which is made up of different actors (e.g. rural and urban consumers, large and small telecoms, political leaders, researchers, engineering consultants, information technology firms, etc.), relationships of trust, governance and accountability and design elements such as financing, facilities and information. After many years, even decades, …

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