Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) is investing £58,500 in a project to bring broadband to a number of homes in the Scottish Highlands.
The fund would see a number of premises in Perthshire given access to 20Mbps broadband connections which, while not the fastest by any stretch of the imagination, would represent a significant improvement over the 1Mbps or less hook-ups that residents are currently struggling with.
Work has started on five telecoms masts, which will bring the broadband in to the rural areas. More will be added as time passes to ensure that all residents have access to workable broadband.
The project will initially connect up three villages in the picturesque Tay Forest Park area – Amulree, Trochry and Struan – before expanding out to include other nearby locations which are still labouring beneath sub-standard connections.
“This project will open up access to homes and businesses locally who have been finding it difficult to carry out even the most basic of online tasks. Better broadband will create new opportunities and benefits and allow people to choose to live, work and learn in what is a beautiful part of the Perthshire countryside.“ said Shaun Marley, CBS Adviser.
The project is a joint effort which will utilise volunteers from the Highland Perthsire Communities Partnership (a local charity working to improve the lives of people in the area) and funding from the CBS, a government project led by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which is working to help those not covered by the government’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.