Broad­band roll out con­tin­ues

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Around 4000 homes and busi­nesses in Ruther­glen are now able to con­nect to fi­bre broad­band.

The prop­er­ties in Ruther­glen join more than 14,500 homes and busi­nesses in South La­nark­shire which are now able to ac­cess fi­bre broad­band through the Dig­i­tal Scot­land roll­out.

An event will be held in the town this Thurs­day to help lo­cals find out more about the high-speed ser­vice. The spe­cial drop-in event will be held on Castle Street be­tween 11am and 3pm on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 3.

Any­one in the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­ter­ested in find­ing out how fi­bre broad­band works and the ben­e­fits it can pro­vide is welcome to at­tend the free event.

Fi­bre broad­band en­ables mul­ti­ple users in a home or busi­ness to ac­cess the in­ter­net, down­load and share large files at the same time more quickly than ever be­fore. In or­der to take ad­van­tage of the higher speeds now avail­able, res­i­dents should con­tact their ser­vice provider.

The Dig­i­tal Scot­land roll­out is be­ing de­liv­ered on the ground by engi­neers from BT’s lo­cal net­work busi­ness, Open­reach. With more than 1,600 new cab­i­nets now in­stalled across Scot­land to house the fi­bre con­nec­tions, the pro­ject un­der­pins the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s aim of de­liv­er­ing world class con­nec­tiv­ity by 2020.

Dur­ing the drop- in event, mem­bers of the Dig­i­tal Scot­land Su­per­fast Broad­band pro­gramme will be on hand to get peo­ple up to speed with the tech­nol­ogy and pro­vide ad­vice on ar­eas such as sign­ing up with a ser­vice provider.

Those at­tend­ing will also be able to climb aboard the new Dig­i­tal Scot­land Fi­bre Show­case, a spe­cially-adapted ve­hi­cle which fea­tures all of the equip­ment used in the roll­out of fi­bre broad­band.

Chair of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s En­ter­prise Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Chris Thompson, said: “It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to hear that so many premises in and around Ruther­glen are al­ready able to con­nect to fi­bre broad­band.

“It’s good to see this pro­ject reach­ing more com­mu­ni­ties in our area, con­tribut­ing to­wards the aim of con­nect­ing most of our homes and busi­nesses to fi­bre broad­band.”

Sara Budge, pro­gramme di­rec­tor for Dig­i­tal Scot­land Su­per­fast Broad­band, added: “It’s great news that many res­i­dents and busi­nesses in and around Ruther­glen are now able to re­ceive fi­bre broad­band thanks to the pro­gramme, with more lo­cal cov­er­age to fol­low.

“I’m also ex­cited that we’ll be hav­ing our new Dig­i­tal Scot­land fi­bre show­case there. This will give res­i­dents an in­ter­est­ing and de­tailed idea of what fi­bre broad­band can pro­vide and ex­actly how it’s de­liv­ered.

“The dif­fer­ence a high-speed con­nec­tion can make is amaz­ing, giv­ing much more flex­i­bil­ity at work or in the home. I hope that lo­cal res­i­dents will come along to the event on Castle Street to get an un­der­stand­ing of the boost they can ex­pect from a fast fi­bre broad­band con­nec­tion when they sign up with a ser­vice provider.”

Lo­cal peo­ple can check the in­ter­ac­tive map on the Dig­i­tal Scot­land web­site (http://www.dig­i­talscot­land.org/where­and­when) to find out if they can get the ser­vice and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able on Twit­ter @ScotSu­per­fast or Face­book at www.face­book.com/scot­land­su­per­fast

It’s good to see this pro­ject reach­ing more com­mu­ni­ties in our area

Ex­cit­ing Chris Thompson

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