Advice for communities not covered by broadband roll-out

Falkland - Fife - Depute Council leader Councillor Lesley Laird and Falkland ward councillors  unveil the arrival of superfast broadband to Falkland. ' - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

Falkland - Fife - Depute Council leader Councillor Lesley Laird and Falkland ward councillors unveil the arrival of superfast broadband to Falkland. ' - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

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It might have a history stretching back more than 800 years but Falkland is now light years ahead of many other towns and villages in north east Fife.

Residents and businesses in the historic town are among the first in Fife to be able to connect to fibre broadband thanks to the roll-out of a £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Many parts of north east Fife are scheduled to be upgraded as part of the programme, with nearby Freuchie set to follow later in the summer.

The new infrastructure allows multiple users in a home or business to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time more quickly than ever before.

Depute council leader Lesley Laird, executive spokesperson for economy and planning, said: “We’re hoping individuals and the local business community will make the most of the benefits fast access can bring.

“Many smaller businesses and sole traders rely on the internet to help establish and build their business so it’s vitally important they’re given the tools they need to do their job.

“Local residents can also use improved broadband to use public services online such as those on”

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick said: “The advent of fibre broadband in these latest communities will mean a major boost for local homes and businesses.

“We’re really proud of our role at the heart of Scotland, delivering critical infrastructure which helps the nation to compete on a world stage.

“We could only reach the parts of Scotland that lay beyond commercial deployment by working with others, and I find it really heartening that so many of our smaller communities now stand to benefit.

“Our ongoing deployment of fibre across the country is one of the biggest civil engineering projects happening in Scotland today and will be to the advantage of generations to come.”

Commenting on the latest phase, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today marks another important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership. The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband across Scotland is greater than any other part of the UK and indeed, much of Europe.

“It’s fantastic news that more communities and businesses around the country will soon begin to see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity, making them more economically viable in the long term.

“However, this is not the limit of Scotland’s ambition. The Scottish Government’s aim is to deliver world class connectivity by 2020, enabling people to connect any time, any place, anywhere using any device.”

UK Government communications minister Ed Vaizey said: “This fantastic news marks the next stage of a remarkable transformation of broadband in Scotland which will see around 95 per cent of premises connected to fibre broadband infrastructure by 2017/18.”

Strathmiglo and Kinglassie are also among the towns named in the next phase of the programme, which will cover 90,000 homes and businesses in 18 local authority areas.

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