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 date about what we are doing to help communities who will not benefit from the main fibre roll out get connected to faster broadband.
It has been a really busy few months and we have seen some great progress on a number of projects. It was fantastic just before Christmas to see Lochielnet take the next step in its impressive expansion. The folk in Lochielnet with some great support from Rural Broadband Networks, HUBS and others have done a fantastic job getting folk connected to faster broadband and we were delighted to help with the funding for them to move their project even further forward and build resilience into their network.
I am privileged in my role to travel to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland. It is inspiring to see how innovative communities such as West Burrafirth in Shetland, Laggan in the Cairngorm National Park, Tegola in Loch Hourn and many more have developed innovative networks which truly transform the way people live, work and learn in those communities. Our role is to help others develop similar solutions and bring together communities to create sufficient size to build truly robust and resilient solutions. We do that by providing advice and guidance, by signposting people to the right expertise and experience and, of course, by providing funding for the design and build of networks where communities are unlikely to benefit from the massive investment in fibre which will reach 95% of properties in Scotland. Our primary role is to help the final 5% to get connected.
We are passionate about what we do at Community Broadband Scotland because we know that great connectivity, particularly in remote and rural areas, can have a transformational impact on how people live, learn and work in those communities.
Mark Tate, Director, Community Broadband Scotland.