Lochaber

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SCOT­LAND’S largest com­mu­nity broad­band net­work is ex­pand­ing.

Locheil­net, set up to bring bet­ter con­nec­tions to some of Lochaber’s hard­est-to-reach broad­band spots, has re­ceived a £42,000 cash in­jec­tion.

Com­mu­nity Broad­band Scot­land (CBS), a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive de­liv­ered by High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE), is sup­port­ing the group with a sec­ond round of fund­ing to help up­grade and ex­tend core in­fras­truc­ture.

The £42,000 will mean Locheil­net can up­grade its core net­work, in­clud­ing new masts at Tres­laig and Tul­loch. The in­vest­ment will see in­creased ca­pac­ity for the ex­ist­ing net­work and the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand. This in­cludes the de­liv­ery of su­per­fast broad­band to Kil­malieu and Tul­loch, near Roy Bridge.

Jackie Wright, chair­woman of Locheil­net, said: ‘This is re­ally great news. We al­ready pro­vide a ro­bust, fast broad­band ser­vice to al­most 400 ru­ral house­hold­ers and busi­nesses.’

Calum Stiven at CBS com­mented: ‘Locheil­net is a leading ex­am­ple of what a com­mu­nity can achieve for them­selves and oth­ers. We’re de­lighted that this in­vest­ment will sup­port them to ex­pand, bring­ing the ben­e­fits of bet­ter broad­band to more peo­ple in the Lochaber area.’

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