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£5m from Scottish broadband pot allocated to South Scotland

Scotland was apportioned some £68.8 million from the Westminster based BDUK fund, and the Scottish Government has increased the value of this pot to £144.3 million. The Borders Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council has now been allocated £5 million to meet a target of superfast broadband for all by 2020 as a South of Scotland Alliance (Sosa) project.

The task for this part of the United Kingdom is challenging as commercial roll-outs of superfast broadband are only going to cover some 25% of the population compared to the more usual two thirds. A very quick to fill out survey for those in the South of Scotland is available on SurveyMonkey.


I wonder why the focus on the South of Scotland?

Is there a strategy of joining to England then working North?

  • camieabz
  • over 9 years ago

theres a lot of forgotten villages there, for example alot of the villages only have adsl max (my partners mum lives in springfield and can only get 250kbps with upload vertualy none existant and yet she only lives 2 miles from the gretna exchange which shes connected to, even mobile speeds are poor it takes 1.5 mins to load this site up on my htc wildfire)

  • omnius
  • over 9 years ago

Scotland was an area that funded a few hundred exchange activate exchanges, which got upgraded to Max eventually.

Bigger picture in a later article

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 9 years ago

Note that the £5M is an initial allocation to the South of Scotland in advance of the national plan. This is in addition to the £21M indicative contribution from the two local authorities.

  • dunks
  • over 9 years ago

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