Superfast internet is rolled out
Community to benefit
A West Lothian community now has more high- speed fibre broadband.
Councillor Lawrence Fitzpatrick and local residents of Murieston in Livingston helped the Digital Scotland team unveil a new street cabinet recently.
Around 90 more homes and businesses in Murieston can now get connected to high-speed fibre broadband, building on earlier work in the area thanks to the £428m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
In total, around 540 local premises can now order high-speed services.
They are among around 1000 homes and businesses across Livingston which are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland rollout.
Other areas in West Lothian to benefit from the rollout, led by the Scottish Government, include Uphall, Fauldhouse, Blackridge, Linlithgow, Philipstoun and Whitburn as well as additional recent coverage in places like Longridge. More local coverage will follow as engineers from Openreach – Scotland’s digital network business - continue work on the ground.
Leader of West Lothian C o u n c i l L awre n c e Fitzpatrick said he is pleased by the roll out of the new service.
And he said it should benefit residents and businesses.
He added: “The introduction of superfast broadband wi l l b e welcomed by businesses and re s i d e n t s in Murieston.
“The rollout of Superfast Broadband in Murieston has ensured more premises have access to a fast fibre network and lots of premises are signing up and befitting from the service.
“The £2.5m investment from West Lothian Council has ensured that West Lothian has a world class digital infrastructure, with one of the best levels of coverage in Scotland. This is important as we continue to market our area as a great place for businesses to remain competitive, grow and innovate.”
Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superf a s t Broadband, said: “It’s fantastic news that the programme has been able to benefit residents and businesses in and around Livingston.
“I would like to thank Councillor Lawrence Fitzpatrick and the local residents of Murieston for joining us to celebrate fibre availability and I am glad to see that it has been able to benefit the local community.”
This is important as we market our area