Rural areas to get super fast broadband

Homes and businesses in a rural Aberdeenshire village are the first to benefit from a scheme to deliver fast internet. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week announced that the village of Kirkton of Skene will now able to connect to the high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the roll-out of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. The new infrastructure will mean that some residents will be able to access download speeds of up to 80mbps, allowing multiple users in a home or business to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before.

Alongside the commercial roll-out of superfast broadband, the Digital Scotland programme will see around 95 per cent of premises connected to fibre by 2017/18.