The Broadband Reach Project in Scotland is continuing with the Scottish Parliament due to award a £3.5 million contract to a company who will then work to fill in the gaps broadband coverage.
Computer Weekly has revealed that the Enterprise minister Jim Mather believes that businesses could be offered high speed broadband more quickly if a similar scheme to the Scottish Reach Project was copied around the various regions of the UK. The incentive for this being projections that the gross value added to Scotland's economy in 2015 is likely to be £2bn to £6bn higher due to business take-up of broadband.
The scheme received roughly 3,000 registrations from people who could not get broadband currently and four firms are in the final running for the contract to come up with solutions that will get these people a broadband connection.
It will be interesting to see what solutions are chosen for deployment and the feedback from businesses and people who get broadband. Many of the solutions could be re-used across other parts of the UK where the cable modem and telephone networks do not reach.