Superfast Community Broadband for Mull, Iona and Argyll Isles
BT recently did the PR rounds with the impressive amount of undersea fibre delivered to various Scottish islands, and while in the Mull area Dervaig, Tobermory, Craignure and Lockdon are likely to benefit from a mixture of FTTC/P by the end of 2016 some areas islands would still be missing out. To resolve this a community led project GigaPlus Argyll (trading as GigaMull) has been setup to create a community-owned superfast wireless solution for Iona, Mull, Lismore, Luing, Colonsay, Jura, parts of Islay and the Craignish peninsula.
The aim is to deliver at least 24 Mbps and discussions between HIE and BT has led to the community footprint being de-scoped from the larger HIE project. The Scottish Government's Community Broadband scheme will be providing 89% of the funding (around £750,000). A shortlist of five contractors exists with the contract likely to be awarded in March 2015.