The Scottish Local Government, the Scottish Government and the UK Government’s BDUK team have announced a GBP 264 million investment to deliver high speed broadband and reduce the digital divide in broadband speeds across urban and rural Scotland. BT will deliver the project.
The investment also includes a contribution from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund, which aims to roll out broadband services to SMEs in rural areas to help drive economic growth in Scotland.
David O’Neill, president of COSLA, said: “The contract outcomes will promote local economic development through greater digital access to markets, enable communities to access vital services remotely rather than needing to travel and as a result reduce their impact on the environment. The partnership approach to this project with the Scottish Government and BDUK has provided the best value contract for the public purse, delivered national outcomes whilst being responsive to local needs, allowing all councils involved, where technically feasible to secure at least three-quarters coverage of enhanced broadband services for their local communities and in some cases significantly more through additional funding.”