Region in line for Next Generation Broadband

THE benefits of faster broadband in the south of Scotland are being highlighted to local businesses and individuals in the hope that enough interest can be generated to ensure that the South of Scotland is included in the next stage of high speed braodband.

The South of Scotland Alliance’s latest update is that there has been a tacit agreement that the South of Scotland is to be prioritised for the Next Generation Broadband rollout and the case for the region will be improved by proving that there is demand.

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP, John Lamont, said: “I am delighted that there has been a tacit agreement between the South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband (NGB) Team and the Scottish Government to prioritise our region for faster broadband.

“There can be no doubt that the Borders is in desperate need of better internet connectivity and I am glad that this has been recognised.

“The original infrastructure plan stated that we are ‘best placed’ to be an early rollout area for NGB and it is important that we hold the Scottish Government to this pledge.

“I am also pleased that the South of Scotland NGB team plan to generate demand for the service by talking to locals in the Borders about the benefits of better connectivity. By educating businesses and communities we can increase take-up of the service and ensure people know exactly what they will be able to achieve with it.”