Broadband boost for local towns

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THREE north east Fife communities are set to receive super-fast broadband by next summer.

BT has announced the next wave of towns to benefit from quicker internet access — including Ladybank, Newport and Wormit.

More than 23,000 homes and businesses across Fife will have access to speeds of up to 20Mbps as part of the latest roll-out.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: “At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for many Fife businesses and offer additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households.

“And we want to go further. We want to work with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”

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North East Fife MSP, Rod Campbell, said: “I am very pleased to hear of this investment coming to north east Fife, and that these towns and villages will feel the benefit of next generation broadband.”

Bob Garmory, president of Fife Chamber of Commerce, added: “Fife Chamber of Commerce has campaigned tirelessly for this standard of broadband to be made available to businesses throughout Fife.

“We are very pleased that BT have committed to the spend as detailed.

“We will of course monitor the business benefits for those in the areas covered and continue our campaign to have all of Fife’s business community connected by faster broadband as soon as possible.”