Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) has issued an open market review (OMR) to enable two rural community broadband groups, Southern Uplands Partnership and Broadband for Glencaple and Lowther (B4GAL), to progress with their community broadband project. Southern Uplands Partnership and B4GAL are seeking to secure funding from CBS to bring superfast broadband to rural locations within the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire.
B4GAL was first established in 2012 and comprises nine rural southern upland villages: Crawford, Crawfordjohn, Elvanfoot, Lamington, Leadhills, Roberton, Wanlockhead and Wiston. The area of Durisdeer is also included as part of this OMR. The Southern Upland Partnership’s “Ettrick & Beyond” broadband project was formed in 2013 and is spread over two valley heads at the southernmost part of the 25 mile long Ettrick Valley. Both projects have been set up with the aim to deliver broadband speeds of 30Mbps, or more, to 100% of premises within the project area.
An OMR is issued in a bid to capture an updated view of suppliers’ commercial coverage ahead of the potential deployment of additional public funds to support broadband rollout across Scotland.
CBS are now seeking to confirm the intervention area and invite suppliers to respond to the Open Market Review by Friday 19th August 2016. You can find more information here.