Broadband funding

Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that a further £5million will be invested to support improved access to high speed broadband connections in rural areas, such as his constituency.

The funding will be channelled through the Community Broadband Scotland programme, to provide support for community broadband solutions, including advice and staff on the ground to deliver hands-on support. It will initially be targeted at communities in the 10-15% least likely to benefit from next generation broadband under BT’s Step Change 2015 programme.

Mr Dey commented: “Broadband is an essential part of life not just for those living in urban areas, but in rural Scotland perhaps even more so. Small businesses in particular rely upon having access to high-speed internet connections in order to ensure they can run their company effectively and meet the demands of their customers.

“This funding announcement, and its deliberate focus on communities coming together to maximise the roll-out of high-speed broadband for local areas, will be vital.

“We have much to offer in our towns and villages in Angus and I hope this cash boost will help make our area an even more desirable place to live and work.”