At BT, we’re looking to hear from Scottish communities that would like to work with us to bring fibre broadband to their area. In recent years, a huge amount of work has taken place across Scotland and we’re approaching 90 per cent of homes being able to get superfast download speeds nationwide.
A BT grant of up to ?20,000 may even be available if your local school benefits from the work
But there’s still a lot of work to do in some areas and there are communities that don’t have faster fibre broadband and are not included in rollout plans.
We know speed is important. It is a major boost for everyday things many of us take for granted — such as listening to music online, catching up on TV, working from home and online learning. We’re having great success with a new initiative – called a community fibre partnership (CFP) – specifically intended to help communities not yet involved in rollout plans.
Across the UK, around 250 CFP projects have been agreed, with 100 completed. A CFP involves a local group working directly with us. There usually needs to be a joint funding arrangement but we do everything we can to make it as affordable as possible. A BT grant of up to ?20,000 may even be available if your local school benefits from the work. But, whatever your circumstances, it is worth getting in touch and finding out more.
We have a team on standby to explain things clearly and take you through the process. In Scotland, a number of partnerships are either completed or in progress, such as in the village of Moy in the Highlands, Woodilee and Kirkintilloch in East Dunbartonshire and small communities in Edinburgh and Glasgow that were not included in any existing rollout plans.
For example, the small, scattered community of Moy south of Inverness approached BT for help to overcome slow download speeds. Community-use
money from a local windfarm will help to fund three new fibre broadband cabinets in the village. Work will be carried out by Openreach4, which is also helping to fund the project. In Edinburgh, Dunedin secondary school became the first in Scotland to use a BT community grant to help fund their upgrade.
A CFP guarantees residents a fibre connection via the Openreach network, so they can continue choosing their own internet service provider and benefit from competitive pricing. If you want to find out more on behalf of your community, visit www.communityfibre.bt.com6
You’ll find lots of information online that clearly explains what happens. You can check your postcode to understand your fibre broadband status, then go on to submit an expression of interest to start the ball rolling.
We look forward to working with you.
o Brendan Dick is director of BT Scotland
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Twelve locations in Scotland have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times, with North Berwick named as the best place to live in Scotland. The accolade comes in part two of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday March 19. The supplements assess a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the definitive top locations to make your home. The methodology relies on hard data and robust statistics on crime and education, but also on expert knowledge from The Sunday Times judging panel. The judges combine the numbers with their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where readers and their families can thrive.
The Sunday Times Best Places to Live: Scotland
- Banchory, Aberdeenshire
- Cramond, Firth of Forth
- Cromarty, Ross and Cromarty
- Dunblane, Stirlingshire
- Dundee, Dundee City
- Gairloch, Selkirkshire
- Shawlands, Glasgow
- Helensborough, Dunbartonshire
- Killearn, Stirlingshire
- Melrose, Scottish Borders
- North Berwick, East Lothian
- Orkney, Northern Isles
In addition to the above list, Edinburgh has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Places Top 20 perennials, the list which celebrates the places that have that have appeared in almost every list over the past five years. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain Part 2 is the second in a two-part series. This weekend it reveals the best places to live in the South West, East, London, Scotland and the North West, as well as the overall best place to live in the UK. Last weekend it revealed the top places in North and North East, Midlands, Northern Ireland, South East and Wales.
The Sunday Times’ unique understanding of the housing market and in-depth property coverage is combined to help readers find a place to call home, whether they are hip young professionals, growing families or discerning downsizers. Commenting on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, Home Editor Helen Davies said: “This is the fifth year we have compiled the list, and this year’s is even bigger and better – the guide is more personal, more detailed and more comprehensive than ever before. The list weighs up everything from considering the likely impact of the local plan, to whether the post office is still open, the range of housing, and the quality of the coffee.
Numbers on a spreadsheet can only tell us so much, so we carefully balance statistics with our writers’ decades of knowledge and expertise to create the definitive list of the best places to live in the UK.”