Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has welcomed funding of ?5 million for the Community Broadband Scotland initiative which will help to transform internet provision in rural areas across the country.

The funding announcement took place in Elvanfoot [Wednesday 8 August], which is seeking to make the kind of improvements to its infrastructure which the Community Scotland Broadband initiative will enable. Many residents of the village are still reliant on dial-up internet, so the community is evaluating technologies to bring broadband to the area.

Community Broadband Scotland will 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.

Commenting after the announcement was made in her constituency, Aileen Campbell said:

"Everyone knows just how important access to fast, reliable broadband is in this day and age. That is why it is critical that we do our best to overcome the challenges involved in bringing the technology to more remote parts of the country.

"When communities come together as Elvanfoot is doing, they can achieve huge amounts of progress.

"The funding that has been announced today will help to support communities across the country in their efforts to develop broadband solutions.

"The SNP Government has set ambitious targets for broadband provision across Scotland and this funding will help to achieve that.

"Broadband is not a luxury, it is an important part of everyday life. Projects like the one in Elvanfoot will help to ensure that rural communities do not lose out on the benefits of broadband access."



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