May 13, 2015
Georgian College has pledged support for the SWIFT initiative, contributing $10,000 in funding for the project that will build an ultra-high-speed fibre-optic broadband network throughout Southwestern Ontario.
Georgian College joins Grey Bruce Health Services and the Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.) as a non-WOWC member of the SWIFT initiative.
“As a college that promotes innovation, we know leading-edge communications ability is critical to our region’s economic and social development,” said Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. “SWIFT offers us the opportunity to support innovation in our teaching practices and further our mission of transforming lives and connecting communities through the power of education.”
“We’re thrilled to have Georgian College’s support,” said SWIFT Initiative Chair Gerry Marshall. “Colleges and higher education are critical to supporting the innovations of the broadband economy and are critical users of broadband technology and vital pillars of our communities, so the support of partners like Georgian College is a great indicator of the importance and impact of what the SWIFT project will accomplish for Southwestern Ontario.”
The SWIFT Initiative is based on the principle that everyone in Western Ontario deserves access to high-speed internet, regardless of the size of their community, their age, education, or where they work. Under the leadership of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, SWIFT will create an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Western Ontario.