Funding increase for rural broadband

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Rural communities will be able to bid for a share of a million-Euro fund to bring enhanced broadband to their areas.

The new investment is being delivered by the LEADER scheme which supports small-scale, community driven projects in rural areas and is aimed at improving coverage and bringing faster broadband rural communities.


Rural communities will be able to bid for a share of a million-Euro fund to bring enhanced broadband to their areas.

The new investment is being delivered by the LEADER scheme which supports small-scale, community driven projects in rural areas and is aimed at improving coverage and bringing faster broadband rural communities.

Rural Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have broadband access and have already carried out a significant amount of work in this area.

“With it being used by more and more households as standard, I hope that this new challenge fund will further enhance Scotland’s broadband infrastructure and help rural firms gain a level playing field at a time when they need it most.

“Fresh investment through LEADER will bring faster speeds, improved coverage or simply research to identify the digital needs of an area.”