The Edinburgh Evening News is reporting that data released by Ofcom and the General Office of Statistics Scotland has indicated that more than 100,000 households in Edinburgh still do not have broadband Internet. Whether this is due to a lack of demand as most people have access at work or school/college, or due to it being too costly, particularly in the current financial market, is not known. Following this news, Virgin Media have announced that they will connect up 1,000 people in the city to their fastest broadband service for free for a month.
Users can register to receive the free broadband by calling 0800 052 3003, and more information can be found on the Virgin website. It is unclear whether the free places are available on a first-come first-served basis or if they will be given first to those that can benefit more from the free install. The offer is due to end on the 20th November.
Some might wonder if the capital city of Scotland is really the best place to be receiving this investment particularly as other areas around the UK have no option to get broadband at all. Perhaps the money Virgin are throwing at this could be better spent at helping to fill in some of the 'broadband not-spots'.