Long Point logs on thanks to $1.2 million funding for high-speed internet access
June 1, 2023
Long Point used to be where Wi-Fi went to die.
But more than 900 homes and businesses in rural Norfolk County are now browsing speedily thanks to broadband infrastructure installed through Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT), a non-profit initiative to bring high-speed internet to underserviced areas.
The province and Ottawa contributed a combined $1.2 million to the Long Point project, which connected 927 addresses — including along the sand spit to Old Cut — by laying over three kilometres of fibre-optic cable from Port Rowan to the cottage community.
Work started in 2019 but was slowed by the need to replace a bridge on the Long Point causeway, explained ward councillor Tom Masschaele.
Now that the main fibre-optic line has been connected, SWIFT’s inaugural project is officially complete.