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Angus Council approves superfast broadband plans

Angus Council is to spend £2 million on rolling out superfast broadband to 93 per cent of the area.

The local authority, situated to the north of Dundee in Scotland, will spend the money to get a large rural part of the county online.

Chief Executive told councillors the project would benefit remote areas in the region, local Angus newspaper the Courier reported.

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Read our guide to Rural Broadband“Angus Council is investing £2 million in the Step Change Project with an emphasis on maximising the number of premises that can access fibre broadband,” said Stiff.

“The combined investment is expected to take overall fibre coverage in Angus to over 93 per cent of premises from a starting point of less than 70 per cent.”

He said that nearly half of the fibre broadband deployment would be implemented in the first phase of the project.

The council will stump up the money in two batches of £1 million for the project between 2014 and 2016.

The council is also awaiting a response on an application for extra cash from the European Regional Development Fund, which could help in bringing fibre broadband to areas that are unlikely to benefit form this scheme.

 “These ambitious projects will connect communities across Angus and will provide a platform for future economic development,” said Stiff.

“They will enable businesses to compete on an international stage and have the potential to enhance education, health and social care across the county.”

 

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