Community Broadband Scotland

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 16th September 2015.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

Kenny Gibson rightly highlights the importance of broadband to rural communities and to rural development. It is great news that so many people in Arran are benefiting from the latest investments.

The purpose of community broadband Scotland and the rural broadband scheme, which is a separate scheme worth £9 million through the rural development programme, is to reach out to communities in harder-to-reach areas that might not benefit from the wider programme. The investment is significant. The broadband scheme brings various communities together to find their own solution and supports that. Community broadband Scotland is for individual community schemes. I hope that Mr Gibson’s constituents can take advantage of those two significant funds so that all people on our island communities can connect to fast broadband.