New survey asks Lambton residents how SWIFT is your Internet service


If you have internet problems, this is your time to speak up.
Lambton County is part of the South West Internet Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project. The federal and provincial governments have committed $180 million to improve internet in southwestern Ontario. Local governments, like Lambton, are also committing money to provide fibre optic technology. But first, they have to know where it is needed.
Robert Wilks, manager of information technology, says SWIFT is conducting a survey to find out where the money will be best invested.
Wilks says both homeowners and businesses have a hard time getting a good connection. St. Clair, Dawn-Euphemia and Enniskillen Townships have all worked with private providers to try to improve service in their areas.
But he says there are still areas where using the Internet is a problem.
“Most areas are partially provided with a wireless service,” says Wilks. “But that is only good if you don’t have trees.”
The hope is the SWIFT project will address those problems but first they need to know the specifics of what people have now including the speed of the connection and what you want to be able to use the service for. It is taking a survey – online – until Aug. 1, according to Wilks.
“We want every single family, every single business and every single farmer to fill out the survey,” he says adding the more data that comes from Lambton, the more likely the problem will be addressed in the first round of projects. “We want to make some noise.”
And Wilks says the information gathered from the survey could help the community down the road.
“How you use it could become important in the future,” he says adding if grants become available in the agriculture area and SWIFT can show problems with connectivity in Lambton’s agriculture community, funding may be available.
The survey is being done online at
Wilks is not sure why the survey about connectivity problems is being done only online, however county officials suggest people without service can go to the local public library to fill out the document.


  1. I live in petrolia and my service has been very crrappy especially this last month. Fades out in less than 5 minutes when im on my phone.

  2. I live in the community of Marthaville. (RR3 N0N1R0). Unless you can afford a Tv tower the only UNlimited Service Available in this part of the township is Slicc internet out of Wyoming. I get my signal from them off of a neighbors tower. They claim you’re paying for “up to” 6Mbs unlimited $67 after taxes. But with the number of people they have added to the network we’re lucky to get past 4Mbs at times. I guarantee you all my neighbors feel the same way. If you offered something better in this area you’d have a flood of people on board. The other options are TekSavy , if you have a clear line of site to Petrolia Water tower. And Xplorenet. If you only want ro pay a reasonable price for the 1st 3 months.

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