Mayor Mayberry's May 2017 Blog
The incredible growth in the computerization of almost everything that touches our daily lives is astounding, from appliances to cell phones, from vehicles to home health care products, we are rushing head long into the internet of everything. Many of these devices depend on the transfer of data which has grown exponentially over the past few years. This magnitude of data movement will increase even faster over the next decades. The ability of copper and wireless technologies to meet the demand is already stretched, and will continue to be insufficient. The only currently available technology with the capacity to meet the need is fiber optics.
The County of Oxford has joined with other municipalities in western Ontario to create the South Western Integrated Fiber Technology (SWIFT) program with the goal of providing every home, farm, business and institution with fiber optics. This potentially $4 billion project will take years and the collaborative strengths of government, private sector providers and the public to make it a reality. The Provincial and Federal governments have each committed $90 million so far, but that is not near enough.
In urban areas there is often a business case for installing fiber, but in most of the rural areas, the cost of trenching in kilometers of lines is prohibitive without some type of incentive or support. SWOX council recognizes that in the very near future, fiber optic transmission will be an essential service for both residents and businesses. SWOX council is exploring options to expedite the installation across the municipality. We know that this could be an expensive process, but we are painfully aware that without this service, our economic development will diminish, and then fail.
We encourage our citizens to provide your thoughts on how we can best address this challenge. Please contact any of the council with your comments or concerns.