Tiverton, ON – March 21, 2018 – Bruce Power, the world's largest operating nuclear
facility, is now a member of the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT)
"Becoming a member of SWIFT will help our communities – and our economy – truly
reach their potential," said Sarah Shortreed, Bruce Power Vice President and Chief
Information Officer. "Widespread access to broadband Internet, especially in the
rural areas of southwestern Ontario, is incredibly important to families and businesses,
as technology becomes ever-more necessary in our daily lives."
By joining SWIFT, Bruce Power is investing in a collective broadband initiative
that is funding the construction of an ultra high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband
network for everyone in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region. This
partnership follows $180 million in combined investments by the federal and provincial
governments and over $17 million in investments by municipalities across southwestern
Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.
"We live in an increasingly digital world where access to high-speed networks means
access to incredible opportunities for innovation and growth," said Gerry Marshall,
Board Chair at SWIFT. "By working together, we can create the aggregated demand
we need to accelerate fibre diffusion and remove barriers to economic development,
e-commerce, education, employment and health care."
"SWIFT is an evidence-based solution that is leveraging the collective voice of
3.5 million Ontarians to maximize broadband infrastructure investments," said Geoff
Hogan, Chief Executive Officer at SWIFT. "Game changing models, like SWIFT, need
to be supported and rolled out across the province."
SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) is a not-for-profit, collective
broadband initiative that is funding the construction of an affordable, open-access,
ultra high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Southwestern
Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region. To overcome our region’s broadband infrastructure
gaps, SWIFT has developed a long-term plan to help more than 3.5 million Ontarians
to connect and keep pace in a changing digital world. SWIFT membership is open to
any community or organization in southwestern Ontario that needs connectivity to
any of its locations. Members benefit from SWIFT’s significant procurement expertise,
including aggregated demand, negotiated rates, and support in preparing RFPs for
broadband services. As a buying group, SWIFT also ensures greater competition between
telecom service providers which will lead to better services at lower prices in
member communities. Help SWIFT build #broadbandforeveryone by completing an Internet
www.swiftnetwork.ca/survey. For more information, please visit www.swiftnetwork.ca.
About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario.
We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments
and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost
nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked
hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment
and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com.