HIE has worked with communities who will not benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme to explore their own broadband solutions.
What we do
HIE has offered advice, guidance and financial support to communities across Scotland as they pursue a community-led broadband solution. Additionally, we have provided capital funding to enable these communities to acquire the assets and digital infrastructure they need to benefit from better broadband provision in a sustainable and robust way.
Getting in touch
Currently, we are not actively supporting any new community-led projects. If you would like information on infrastructure, see www.hie.co.uk/digital or if you're located outwith the Highlands and Islands, see Digital Scotland in the first instance.
I’m interested in exploring a community-led solution. Who can I contact?
At the moment, we are not actively supporting any new community-led projects.
If you have a broadband enquiry, please contact Digital Scotland in the first instance. You can check your what broadband services are available to use by using their online checker here.
What is the R100 programme?
Reaching 100% (R100) is a programme being led by The Scottish Government as it works towards its target to provide access to superfast broadband to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021. The R100 programme will look to fill the gaps that will be left after the two current superfast broadband programmes come to an end.
If you would like to find out more about the R100 programme, please go to the Digital Scotland website for more information in the first instance.
How do I find out more information about the main fibre roll-out?
You can access information about the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband roll-out by visiting their website here.
If you live in the Highlands and Islands region, Highlands and Islands Enterprise are leading a £146m project to deliver superfast broadband to 84% of premises by the end of 2016. You can visit their website here at www.hie.co.uk/digital
What technologies are used in a community broadband project?
The technologies employed for a CBS project vary depending on local circumstances as well as what represents best value for money. Often, the technologies used tend to be microwave wireless transmitters and receivers. In exceptional cases, fibre to the premise (FTTP) is used.
What speeds can I expect from a community broadband project?
Wherever possible, a CBS project aims to deliver Next Generation Broadband speeds (sometimes described as superfast), which is defined as above 30mbps to 90% of users at peak times.
Given that CBS works with communities in some of the most remote, rural and geographically-challenging areas of Scotland, there are many different factors that can affect the speed a subscriber will receive. These can include the nature of the topography or the quality of the link to the main connection line, often referred to as backhaul.