Council commits £12.6 million for broadband delivery

Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed to spend £12.6million on delivering superfast broadband to the the region.

At a Policy and Resources committee meeting in Dumfries on Tuesday, councillors confirmed plans to better a national programme aimed at delivering broadband to 75 percent of homes and businesses in each local authority area. Instead, they agreed to invest the cash and aim for 85 percent coverage for our region.

The national programme – The Step Change project – will deliver a significant uplift in speeds by 2015.

Chair of Policy and Resources committee, Ivor Hyslop, said: “Supporting and stimulating our local economy is one of our council’s priorities. Our investment illustrates our commitment and we remain committed to working with those communities in the final 15 percent to ensure that they are not left disadvantaged in this first phase of the project.”