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Newsletter - January/February 2014

Mark Tate Director of Community Broadband Scotland

Welcome to the first edition of our Community Broadband Scotland Newsletter, aimed at keeping everybody with an interest in community broadband in Scotland up to the date about what we are doing to help communities who will not benefit from the main fibre roll out get connected to faster broadband.

Mark Tate, Director, Community Broadband Scotland.

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Community brings broadband to shores of Loch Eil

A community company run by volunteers is celebrating the rollout of an innovative and ambitious project to provide broadband to a remote and rural part of the Scottish Highlands.

Locheilnet will provide fast, affordable and reliable wireless broadband to over 300 premises dispersed over the rural areas around the shores of Loch Eil near Fort William.

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Islands Getting Connected

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.

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The North Isles Community Broadband Project Grows in Scope

A group of communities in the north of Shetland have been working together with CBS, exploring the potential of bringing high speed connectivity to remote and rural North Isles communities in Shetland – including the northernmost inhabited island in Scotland!  The project is being led by Unst Partnership Ltd, Fetlar Developments Ltd, and Northmavine Community Development Company, with involvement from a number of other community trusts and community councils. 

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