BT have announced a major investment for Dunbar, which could help create new businesses and local jobs.
High-speed fibre broadband will be rolled out to more than 2,300 homes and businesses in the town during 2013.
Dunbar is one of 21 Scottish communities named today in the latest phase of BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband across the UK. It takes the total number of Scottish homes and businesses now included in the programme to more than 985,000.
The investment is expected to give a major lift to the local economy. Recent research by Regeneris Consulting predicted that over the next 15 years BT’s fibre broadband could give the economy of a typical town a £143 million boost, create 225 new jobs and 140 new start-up businesses.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in Dunbar will be a massive shot in the arm for the local economy, creating new businesses, jobs and educational opportunities.
“The benefits are major and wide ranging. As our new fibre network expands across Scotland it also brings new potential for offering essential public services on-line and cost savings across the sectors.
“Local firms and households who make the switch to fibre broadband will be able to do so much more with their connection, whether they’re using it for business, entertainment, education, social networking or shopping – or all of these at once.
“They’re joining more than 10 million premises now passed by our fibre network and becoming part of one of the fastest roll-outs of the technology anywhere in the world.”
Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian, said: “People running local businesses tell me on a regular basis that they would benefit from improved broadband. I raised the issue with BT earlier in the year and I am very pleased that they have listened to local concerns. This announcement will herald not just a small improvement, but should give Dunbar businesses and residents broadband speeds light years ahead of what they have at the moment.
“That can only be a good thing in terms of promoting economic growth in the area. I know that there are other parts of the county which need better broadband and I will continue to press for that, but this announcement about Dunbar is a very welcome step nevertheless.”