Better broadband in the pipeline

Plans are continuing to expand the provision of superfast broadband across Dumfries and Galloway.

At the council’s Policy and Resources committee on Tuesday, November 5, councillors were provided with an update on the South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband Programme.

The government-funded national programme hopes to deliver superfast Broadband to 75 percent of premises in each local authority area. Dumfries and Galloway Council has committed £12.6 million to increasing this target. This injection will aim to increase the target to beyond 85 percent of premises in the region.

The South of Scotland Broadband Plan recognises how important this investment is by putting infrastructure in place to ensure that superfast broadband can be delivered to those areas that do not currently receive it. Furthermore, the national programme – The Step Change project – will deliver a significant uplift in speeds by its completion in 2017.

Councillors were told BT (awarded the contract for the broadband programme) will now be undertaking a detailed survey so that a timetable for the roll-out can be established. To do this, it will survey every mile of its existing network. This survey will provide more information on the infrastructure and, once completed, the percentage of the region that will receive superfast broadband will be known. This will be completed within the next six months.

A timetable for the roll-out can be viewed at http://www.digitalscotland.org/superfast-broadband/check-availability/when-and-where/

The public can also keep in touch with the programme and show support by registering demand for a better broadband service. Visit www.southofscotland.org and complete the demand registration survey. Anyone who cannot complete the online survey can contact the project team on 01387 245204.