SBC joins alliance to push for internet boost

A MULTI-AGENCY approach has been announced in an attempt to secure national funding for improved broadband provision in the south of Scotland.

NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council (SBC) have joined forces with their counterparts in Dumfries and Galloway, and a number of other groups, to set up the South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband Project.

The aim is to secure funding from the Scottish Government, which is receiving a percentage of a £530million cash pot available from the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport to supply superfast internet across the area.

The convenor of SBC, Alasdair Hutton, who is also joint chairman of the South of Scotland Alliance which is behind the bid, said: “Without this project, next generation broadband services will be delivered to a very small percentage of the population in the south of Scotland, which makes it the single most important infrastructure project across our region.”

Statistics suggest only 25 per cent of the south of Scotland’s population will have superfast broadband by 2015.

A report on the project will go to Scottish Borders councillors on August 25.