Scottish Govt signals start of rural rollout

The Scottish Government has begun work to bring fibre connectivity to tens of thousands of rural island homes as part of its £284m Reaching 100% programme.

More than 220km of subsea cables will connect 15 more islands across Argyll and Bute, Highlands, Shetland and Orkney.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Accessing fast and reliable broadband has never been so important and for our more rural communities. That is why the Scottish Government is making substantial investments in digital infrastructure to ensure all of Scotland has equal access to high-speed internet.”

Chair of Scotland’s Openreach Board Katie Milligan said: “As delivery partner, we’re designing a network that maxes full fibre for the North of Scotland.

“Residents will see a huge difference for life and work generally, but future-proof connectivity will also boost fragile rural economies and address sustainability issues like depopulation.”

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