edNET who are an ISP based in Edinburgh are shortly to be offering broadband Internet access to Newtown St Boswells, Coldstream, Earlston and Kelso. Further locations of Duns and Eyemouth, and three other locations in the spring of 2004 will also receive the service.
edNET is working through Scottish Borders Rural Broadband Ltd, a subsidiary of Scottish Enterprise Borders to roll out this service. Borders residents can find out more by visiting the website www.broadbandforscotland.co.uk or calling the project helpline 0845 644 2604.
The project is a long term trial, running for two years initially with an option to extend to three years. One assumes if the trial is deemed successful a permanent agreement will be reached and the service will remain. Interestingly one of the problems of getting people to sign up to 'local' initiatives has been avoided. The project infrastructure is available on a wholesale basis thus enabling any ISP connected through Scolocate in Edinburgh to offer services to these nine Borders towns.
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