RNLI crew launches Fibre Broadband

Fraserburgh RNLI crew members Victor Sutherland, Kenneth Ritchie, Stephen Brown and Nathan Whyte launch the Superfast Broadband programme.
Fraserburgh RNLI crew members Victor Sutherland, Kenneth Ritchie, Stephen Brown and Nathan Whyte launch the Superfast Broadband programme.

Fraserburgh’s RNLI crew was on hand last week to welcome the rollout of Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband in the town.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses in the Aberdeenshire town can now get connected to the high-speed network – thanks to the Digital Scotland programme. It builds on BT’s commercial rollout in Fraserburgh, which passes nearly 5,000 local homes and businesses.

Crew members from Fraserburgh’s RNLI station helped with the celebrations at a special event last week.

They joined Roddy Matheson, Aberdeenshire’s Service Manager for Industry Sectors, and members from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme to unveil one of the new street cabinets that will serve part of the town.

On the day, residents were also able to attend a special drop-in event on Saltoun Square, where representatives from the Digital Scotland team were on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on areas such as signing up with a service provider.

Lifeboat coxswain, Victor Sutherland, said: “It was great that myself and the other crew members from Fraserburgh’s RNLI could help with the launch of fibre broadband in the town.

“Keeping people aware of how to be safe around Scotland’s dangerously unpredictable waters is one of the many things the RNLI are committed to.

“With fibre broadband, users can now have better access our website and social media and keep up to date with information regarding weather forecasts and how to keep safe and be aware of how Scotland’s cold water needs respect.”

Aberdeenshire Council has contributed £16 million to the Digital Scotland rollout in addition to block funding from all the Scottish local authorities. BT is investing £126 million in the Digital Scotland programme, in addition to its commercial rollout of fibre broadband in Scotland.