Broadband roll-out begins

Castle Douglas will be the first area in Galloway to receive superfast broadband for the first time, it was revealed this week.

In December, Digital Scotland representatives spoke to members of the public at a meeting in Wigtown advising them that the service – part of a £410 million deal – would come to the region starting this year.

However, they were quick to point out that the west would be low on the priority list.

And this week, the first wave of announcements outlining which areas would be upgraded first was made.

More than 3600 homes and businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are to receive the 
fibre technology.

Around 460 additional premises will be connected in Dumfries as a result of building upon its existing fibre broadband.

They are among more than 39,000 homes and businesses in 37 places across the country which will be able to access 
fibre broadband services by this summer.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is investing £12.6 million in the Digital Scotland superfast broadband project.

Council leader Ronnie 
Nicholson, said: “Our council is committed to building 
our local economy and I am 
delighted to see the south of Scotland broadband project starting to be delivered in our region.

“This is only the first phase and clearly there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Further local detail and roll-out locations will be 
provided as plans advance and any­one interested can keep up to date with progress and get more detail at