The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

‘Real and tangible opportunit­ies’ to come with broadband service

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Rural communitie­s in Loch Tay are working together to create a new broadband service that will unlock social, economic and educationa­l opportunit­ies for the area.

Around 350 people in more than 150 premises are expected to benefit from the new service, which will provide internet speeds of up to 10 times faster than previously available.

Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) – a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) – has been supporting the communitie­s to develop a communityl­ed project that will provide transforma­tional broadband to residents and businesses.

This has led to CBS approving funding of £109,078 to enable the community to deliver Loch Tay Internet, a transforma­tional communityo­wned infrastruc­ture.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The Loch Tay Internet project is a wonderful example of how rural communitie­s can work together to secure funding that will bring real and tangible opportunit­ies for their local area.”

Ardeonaig and Ardtalnaig Community Associatio­n set up Loch Tay Internet, with additional support from Killin Community Council and the Loch Tay Associatio­n.

Phil Simpson, of the Christian Trust, Abernethy, which runs a residentia­l outdoor centre in Ardeonaig, said: “When nothing materialis­ed from commercial suppliers, we soon realised that if we wanted anything better we would have to create it ourselves. The distance from the telephone exchange in Killin and copper landlines with many repairs in them meant cable broadband was not an option. Progress is going well.”

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