Dig­i­tal bus stops off in the Spit­tal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Spit­tal Pri­mary pupils got a chance to sample life in the fast lane last week.

The Dig­i­tal Scot­land Fi­bre Show­case paid the school a visit to ex­plain about su­per fast broad­band.

More than 5,000 premises, house­holds and busi­nesses in Ruther­glen can now ac­cess high­speed fi­bre ser­vices thanks to the Dig­i­tal Scot­land Su­per­fast Broad­band pro­gramme.

Dur­ing the visit, pupils were able to climb aboard the Dig­i­tal Scot­land Fi­bre Show­case, a unique ve­hi­cle which fea­tures equip­ment used in the roll-out of fi­bre broad­band.

Lo­cals need to sign up for the new ser­vices with an in­ter­net ser­vice provider as up­grades are not au­to­matic.

The premises join more than 60,000 res­i­dents in Glas­gow – and more than 640,000 across Scot­land – that are now able to ac­cess fi­bre broad­band through the £ 410 mil­lion Dig­i­tal Scot­land roll­out.

Cam­bus­lang and Croft­foot also now have new or ad­di­tional cov­er­age thanks to the pro­gramme.

More lo­cal cov­er­age will fol­low as en­gi­neers from Open­reach, BT’s lo­cal net­work busi­ness, con­tinue work on the ground.

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

“I also hope the chil­dren en­joyed visit­ing our Dig­i­tal Scot­land Fi­bre Show­case and found it in­sight­ful in find­ing out what fi­bre broad­band can pro­vide and how it’s de­liv­ered.”

Liz Mallinson, BT Scot­land’s Fi­bre Broad­band di­rec­tor, added: “Thou­sands of peo­ple now have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess their best ever broad­band speeds when they sign up with a ser­vice provider.

“There’s lots of com­pe­ti­tion out there and peo­ple may find they could be surfing at much higher speeds at a sim­i­lar cost to their cur­rent ser­vice.

“We’d like to thank the school for hav­ing us – it’s great lo­cal pupils were able to get an in­sight into how high­speed tech­nol­ogy pow­ers the in­ter­net and learn about a very pos­i­tive side to a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing.”

Lo­cal peo­ple can check the in­ter­ac­tive map on the Dig­i­tal Scot­land web­site at http:// www. scot­land­su­per­fast.com/where-when to find out if they can get the ser­vice.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able on Twit­ter @ScotSu­per­fast or Face­book at www.face­book.com/ scot­land­su­per­fast

Sign of the times Robert McVicar (front) and Lawrie Flana­gan on the bus

On the bus The Dig­i­tal Scot­land Fi­bre Show­case paid a visit to Spit­tal

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