Council invests in broadband
DUMFRIES and Galloway Council has invested £12.6m to supplement its partners’ funding in rolling out superfast broadband to 95 per cent of premises, making it the second largest contribution from any Scottish local authority.
The investment is not only about schools, businesses and the economy but also about residents needing the best broadband provision in their homes.
The council committed to the broadband project at a very early stage, recognising the vital difference superfast connectivity would make to people.
It is delighted to have exceeded the 75 per cent premises coverage which the Scottish government is committed to provide through the Digital Scotland superfast broadband programme but is currently working towards 95 per cent coverage.
The council is committed to working with those communities which may be in the remaining five per cent. Phase 2 funding is in place and it plans to reach 100 per cent of coverage by 2021.
Access to superfast broadband will also open up new opportunities for education and leisure and people will have the same digital access as those living in cities.