The Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement of the eight innovative projects – including one covering Scotland and Northern Ireland - which have been chosen by the Government to test alternative ways of boosting superfast broadband coverage in rural areas.
The ground-breaking projects chosen to be tested in the £10m Department of Culture Media and Sport initiative were revealed today (19 June) and include a satellite project, from Avanti, which promises speeds of up to 30Mbps.
Countryside Alliance Scotland director Jamie Stewart said: “This is very welcome news and a great stride forward in the drive to improve rural connectivity. We have always said that a mix of technologies, rather than fixed line broadband, would answer to the question of how to provide superfast broadband to the final 5% of homes and businesses in rural areas.
“By using a variety of means - including wireless and satellite provision - and investigating different ways to fund these projects, we hope the Government will find the key to improving broadband coverage in rural areas.”