The Isle of Colonsay has completed its scoping of the island and gone out to Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the capital works, as part of the plan to connect all the community to next generation speeds.
Colonsay has received support from the Scottish Government, HIE and CBS to overcome the challenge of connecting one of the remotest islands in the southern Hebrides.
Around 70 properties will benefit from the project including the hotel, book publishers and the micro brewery. But business is not the whole reason for progress.
Just as important are the social benefits of speed and connectivity – keeping families connected.
For example, keeping connected when the older pupils travel by plane or ship to Oban for a week at a time for high school education.
The project also has the potential to connect other islands and peninsulas with the information super highway and Isles of Mull, and Luing and the Craignish area are all watching with interest.
The Isle of Mull got its broadband project underway in July 2013 when a public meeting in Craignure heard from CBS and Lothian Broadband on how they might get connected faster to Next Generation Broadband.
The BT HIE project will arrive on Mull later in 2014 with Craignure connecting then and the northern areas of Salen, Tobermory and Dervaig likely to be connected in 2016.
GigaMull, as the community broadband project will be known, plans to get the communities of the west and south of the island connected in 2014.
The brand of GigaMull is finalising a new logo and is now exploring what add on services it might provide to connect as many as 500 properties. Telephone, Mobile upgrades and Internet Service provision (ISP) are all under evaluation by this enthusiastic group.