More funding for rural broadband

THE MSP for South Angus has welcomed Holyrood plans to invest more money in broadband for rural areas.

The Scottish Government recently announced a further £5 million would be invested in improving access to high speed broadband in rural areas such as Graeme Dey MSP’s constituency of Angus.

The funding will be channelled through the Community Broadband Scotland programme which provides support for community broadband solutions, including advice and hands on help from staff on the ground. Mr Dey said: “Broadband is an essential part of life not just for those living in urban areas, but in rural Scotland perhaps even more so. Small businesses in particular rely upon having access to high-speed internet connections in order to ensure they can run their company effectively and meet the demands of their customers. This funding announcement, and its deliberate focus on communities coming together to maximise the roll-out of high-speed broadband for local areas, will be vital. We have much to offer in our towns and villages in Angus and I hope this cash boost will help make our area an even more desirable place to live and work.”