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There are currently 41 vendors of record are authorized to tender for the project.
Field said he expects the announcement of who will be awarded the project in September, with construction to take place in 2021 and 2022.
David Mayberry, president of SWIFT’s board of directors has declared broadband internet has become indispensable for activities such as work, education, shopping, and access to public services.
“Our current situation has highlighted, more than ever, the importance and the need for greater connectivity across our region,” Mayberry said in a news release.
According to a presentation by Area, there are approximately 504,000 inhabitants in the south-west of the province of Ontario, who are “served” in terms of the internet.