Broad­band up­grade in the money

The Oban Times - - News -

WORK to in­crease the speed of Tiree’s broad­band moved a lit­tle closer this week when Com­mu­nity Broad­band Scot­land (CBS) an­nounced it is to give the is­land’s broad­band net­work, Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ltd (CIT Ltd), a ma­jor cash boost.

CBS is award­ing £ 80,000 of the £91,000 CIT Ltd needs to up­grade Tiree’s in­ter­net net­work and be­gin of­fer­ing im­proved broad­band ser­vices with speeds up to 30Mbps. The re­main­ing £11,000 will come from Tiree Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust (CDT).

Mark Vale from Tiree CDT said: ‘Tiree Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust is thrilled we have been able to se­cure this fund­ing from CBS for our com­mu­nity- owned wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions provider CIT Ltd. Im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture like broad­band is a vi- tal com­po­nent in the de­vel­op­ment of our lo­cal econ­omy and in our is­land’s fight against de­pop­u­la­tion. This pro­ject will de­liver a greatly im­proved qual­ity of in­ter­net ser­vice and speed to 160 house­holds and busi­nesses in our com­mu­nity and en­hance the longterm vi­a­bil­ity of com­mu­nity broad­band on Tiree.’

Peter Guthrie of CBS said: ‘CBS recog­nises the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work CIT Ltd has put into its net­work since 2005 and we’re de­lighted we can now help it take the next step to­wards im­proved broad­band cov­er­age.

‘CBS is com­mit­ted to supporting ru­ral ar­eas across Scot­land ac­cess bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity and we will con­tinue to work closely with Tiree Broad­band as it be­gins its up­grade work.’

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