‘A step closer’ to better broadband

Launch of Big Energy Week Roadshow.'Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP. with Citizen Advice Scotland Head of Policy Susan McPhee and Hanette Carrison from Home Heat Helpline. at St James Shopping Centre.
Launch of Big Energy Week Roadshow.'Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP. with Citizen Advice Scotland Head of Policy Susan McPhee and Hanette Carrison from Home Heat Helpline. at St James Shopping Centre.

Borders MP Michael Moore has said BT’s deal with the Scottish Government to deliver high speed broadband in Scotland brings the Borders ‘a step closer’ to a better service.

The £264 million agreement between the Scottish Government and BT , should ensure that 85 per cent of Scottish properties have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2015.

The £264 million fund includes £106.7million from BT, £50million from the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK, £19.3million from the Scottish Government, £51million from local authorities and £20.5million from the European Regional Development Fund.

Initial priority will be given to small and medium sized rural businesses to encourage economic growth in hard to reach areas.