Broadband roll-out gathers pace

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Hundreds more households and businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are set to benefit from the roll-out of broadband technology.

The broadband project took a major step forward today (Tuesday, July 9).

The national contract for the roll-out of the new fibre broadband was signed between the Scottish government and BT, who will deliver the project. This national contract will provide superfast broadband to 75% of the region.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s policy and resources committee was told in May that 85 per cent of premises in our region would receive superfast broadband as part of the roll-out. This news got better today as 95% of households and businesses in the region will now have broadband speeds increased when the project is completed.

This additional coverage is a result of the additional investment that was made by Dumfries and Galloway Council. Councillors identified the roll-out of superfast broadband is a priority, and committed £12.6 million to expand the targets of the national project.

Today’s announcement that 95 per cent of local premises will now benefit from the delivery of superfast broadband was welcomed by the council. This will have a huge economic and social impact on our local communities, as 80 per cent of these premises will have superfast broadband delivered by 2015. The roll-out will be complete by 2017.

Councillor Brian Collins said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council committed to investing in the roll-out of superfast broadband at a very early stage. This is a priority project for our council.

“We recognise what a difference this will make to people. Commercially, educationally and socially, this will allow local people to carry out tasks online more quickly and efficiently. This will transform how our communities use the internet.”