Reference Library – Scotland – Dunbartonshire Broadband

Superfast Broadband available for all “by 2021”

There are “plans” for superfast broadband in Woodilee Village, according to cabinet minister Fergus Ewing – but it could take up to four years. That was the thrust of Mr Ewing’s response to a Holyrood question posed by Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay, who says constituents have let her know they’re unhappy they’re not already connected. Mr Ewing, cabinet minister for rural economy and connectivity, said: “The digital Scotland superfast broadband programme has further fibre broadband deployment plans for Woodilee Village in Lenzie.

“Any premises that are not connected through the digital Scotland superfast broadband programme will be captured through our commitment to delivering 100 per cent superfast broadband access by 2021.”

The Scottish Government has invested ?400 million to hook Scots up to superfast broadband by 2021 and, he said, 95 per cent will be up and running by the end of the year. He added that in Strathkelvin and Bearsden last year, despite being rolled out commercially, 7,450 premises had been provided access to fibre optic broadband, 94 per cent of which were capable of running at a superfast speed. Ms Mackay said: “Constituents have made it clear to me in Woodilee Village that they are very unhappy at the lack of access to high speed broadband.

“I agree with their concerns, and to try and find some clarity on this I have brought it to the highest ranked politician in Scotland involved with connecting the country up to superfast broadband.

“I have received reassurance from the cabinet secretary that by 2021, 100 per cent of Scotland will be hooked up and that there are already plans afoot for fibre optic broadband connections in Woodilee.

“While this is four years away, I am hoping it will happen sooner rather than later.”

She added: “The work the Scottish Government has been doing to connect up Scotland to superfast broadband is remarkable.

“In Strathkelvin and Bearsden we do have excellent coverage, but now is just about ensuring everyone has access as quickly as possible.”

Brendan Dick: Broadband key for Scotland’s rural areas

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.

o READ MORE: Ministers warned over fast broadband woe1

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.

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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.

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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.

o READ MORE: Video start-up Eoovi aims to ‘revolutionise internet’5

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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  1. ^ Ministers warned over fast broadband woe – The Scotsman (www.scotsman.com)
  2. ^ Own an innovative start-up?

    Find out how to win ?5,000 for your business (www.facebook.com)

  3. ^ 200 Voices: find out more about the people who have shaped Scotland (www.scotsman.com)
  4. ^ BT agrees to legally separate from Openreach division – The Scotsman (www.scotsman.com)
  5. ^ Video start-up Eoovi aims to ‘revolutionise internet’ – The Scotsman (www.scotsman.com)
  6. ^ Link to BT community fibre partnership website (www.communityfibre.bt.com)
  7. ^ Link to Facebook page (www.facebook.com)

Scottish locations named among The Sunday Times Best Places to Live

Scottish Locations Named Among The Sunday Times Best Places To Live

North Berwick

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.”

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