Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has welcomed the launch of the Community Broadband Scotland initiative. The Community Broadband Scotland initiative will act as a one-stop-shop for rural community groups, providing them with information and advice to find solutions for broadband delivery in their areas.
From October, a new telephone helpline and website delivering advice and practical support will be made available, and, a dedicated team of staff will work on the ground to provide hands on assistance to groups in need.
Communities will be eligible to apply for seed funding under the initiative to enable them to obtain greater access to the internet.
Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said: “I welcome the establishment of the Community Broadband Scotland initiative.
“Significant sums of money have been provided by the UK Conservative Government and European Parliament to the Scottish Government to invest in broadband and I hope this initiative will help to connect rural communities.
“It is important that this technology and infrastructure is made available to homes and businesses across the North East and I have sought to lobby Ministers to priorities investment for rural communities. I will continue to make the case for additional investment for other North East communities.
“Ministers have given me an assurance that they will listen to the needs of North East communities both urban and rural and that specific problems and infrastructure requirement will be taken into account.
“I hope that community groups across the North East will look at applying to the Community Broadband Scotland initiative and will take up the opportunity to seek support for community broadband solutions.”