Extra £2.5 million for rural communities in Scotland
Community Broadband Scotland who via start up funding are trying to boost the coverage of decent broadband in the more remote communities across Scotland are to see a 50% boost in their funding levels, to give the body some £7.5 million to spend on broadband.
The fund provides help in various ways to some 75 organisations from seed funding, planning grants or capital assistance. The Scottish project needs a good many more projects to ensure it does not fall behind the rest of the UK, since its main superfast broadband project has a target of just 85% with access to fibre based broadband, no declared target has been given for the percentage getting super fast speeds. We did look at what might be possible a few months ago which suggests even with just FTTC and the existing cable coverage 83% with superfast speeds may be possible.