(CHATHAM, ON) – TekSavvy and the municipality of Chatham-Kent have announced a joint effort for the development of a high-speed fibre broadband network in Chatham-Kent. TekSavvy plans to connect more than 38,000 residences and businesses in the region starting in Chatham and with plans to expand to Blenheim, Ridgetown, Tilbury, and Wallaceburg.
TekSavvy, Canada’s largest independent internet service provider, is headquartered in Chatham where, for 20 years, it has provided residents with reliable telecom services.
”TekSavvy is excited to build an open-access fibre network in our hometown, Chatham, and surrounding areas, and our agreement with the municipality is an important milestone,” said Marc Gaudrault, the CEO of TekSavvy.
The company intends to invest up to $26 million over 18 months in the development of its fibre network. Construction has already begun on the network in Chatham, and TekSavvy has begun serving its first fibre customers earlier this year.
Chatham-Kent intends to invest $6.5 million to facilitate an open-access fibre backbone connecting communities in Chatham-Kent. Municipality CAO Don Shropshire said he is heartened that this local company is working with the municipality in its goal to bring advanced communications services to the community.