Fife Council is looking at ways of extending Superfast Broadband coverage to rural areas of the Kingdom not included in current programmes.
A one-off investment of £150,000 is being allocated by the council to support the development of alternative ways to extend broadband coverage, plus additional funding for Wi-Fi deployments to benefit rural Fife.
The new projects seek to address the remaining 1.6 per cent of Fife premises not included in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) roll-out already taking place across the Kingdom.
The DSSB roll-out is is providing fast fibre broadband in areas where commercial infrastructure providers have chosen not to develop.
For the few areas that will not see any benefit through DSSB, the council is now working with Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) and community groups to devise other ways of delivering faster broadband.
The council and the newly-formed Community Initiatives North East Fife have joined forces with CBS to ensure residents and businesses in north east Fife do not miss out on the advantages of better broadband.
Councillor Lesley Laird, depute leader and spokesperson for economy and planning, said: “Fast internet access is essential for Fife–based firms and residents to increase connectivity, boost business growth and drive competitiveness.
“That’s why Fife Council is investing in this new infrastructure that will further transform the ability of Fife to attract investment, create jobs and help make this the best place to do business.
“The additional funding and new projects are crucial steps in enabling people across Fife to get connected at home or work any time, using any device.”
The council is also working with the Scottish Futures Trust to further deploy Wi-Fi and is applying to the Scottish Government for additional funding from the £1.5 million fund recently announced to enhance digital participation, and improve rural connectivity and the uptake of online public services.
Digital Scotland’s interactive map can be used to find out when superfast broadband is coming to any particular area.
Further support for residents and community groups on how to access the internet is available through the Council’s Digital Inclusion initiative Digital Fife.