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18 February 2014

Buckie First in Scotland to Benefit from Superfast Broadband Rollout

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today announced that the first cabinet bringing next generation broadband services to rural Scotland is now live in the Banffshire town of Buckie.

The announcement signals the start of the most challenging next generation broadband project to be undertaken anywhere in the UK. The new fibre backbone will extend to remote communities across Scotland and will provide a platform for future economic development and regeneration across the region.

Around 400 premises in Buckie can now order fibre services and this figure will increase to more than 5,300 as BT engineers complete the local upgrade in the weeks ahead. Additional locations across Scotland will follow, with broadband infrastructure installed and upgraded across the country. In the Highlands and Islands this will include Moray and around Inverness which are due to go live by April.

Commenting, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“I’m delighted that Buckie is the first area in the whole of Scotland to benefit from this investment in broadband.

“Having access to fast broadband connections is something that is ever more vital for both businesses and families, so I am pleased that people in the Buckie area are now able to benefit from improved connection speeds.

“Investing in broadband is critical to encouraging economic growth which is why Scottish Government has set out a strategy to deliver world-class digital infrastructure for Scotland by 2020. It is fantastic that people in Buckie will now benefit from the latest step towards that target and I look forward to other parts of Banffshire & Buchan Coast enjoying similar upgrades in the future.”

For the Scottish Government, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Today marks an important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership and for the people of Buckie who are the first in Scotland to benefit from this service.

“It’s fantastic news that local households and businesses will now see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity.

“The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband into rural Scotland outstrips any other part of the UK.

“This is one of the most ambitious broadband infrastructure projects ever to have been undertaken and will see 95% of premises in Scotland covered by 2017/18.

“This is an important step towards ensuring that Scotland has world-class digital connectivity by 2020. Our investment, and that of our partners in the project, will extend access to superfast broadband across Scotland. This will be a key factor in ensuring Scotland’s long-term economic prosperity.”
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