Coming soon: better broadband for south Bute

Better broadband speeds should be available in the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay areas of Bute in the first few months of 2016. The Kingarth Hotel will host a community meeting on January 13 looking at possible ways of improving services to areas of the island not covered by BT's rollout of high-speed fibre services.
Better broadband speeds should be available in the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay areas of Bute in the first few months of 2016. The Kingarth Hotel will host a community meeting on January 13 looking at possible ways of improving services to areas of the island not covered by BT's rollout of high-speed fibre services.

Work on rolling out high speed broadband to homes and businesses at the south end of Bute is expected to take place between now and March.

The latest update from BT and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the partners in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project, states that two cabinets - one at the exchange in Kingarth and one in Kilchattan Bay, will provide better broadband speeds to customers up to two kilometres away.

That, however, will still leave large areas of rural Bute without access to high speed broadband - although a meeting to be held on the island later this month will outline the next steps towards improving services in areas not covered by the BT rollout.

The meeting is one of three organised by the Kyles of Bute Community Broadband Group, which is due to hear the first responses from potential suppliers to the Bute, Colintraive, Glendaruel and Tighnabruaich areas by January 11.

That event will take place at the Kingarth Hotel at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 13 and will give customers in those harder-to-reach areas a chance to consider suggested solutions.

The Kyles project is being supported by Community Broadband Scotland and will be managed by a new community interest company, with directors coming from each of the communities involved.

In addition to the Kingarth meeting, similar events will also be held at the Kames Recreational Hall in Tighnabruaich on Sunday, January 17 at 2pm, and at the Glendaruel Village Hall at 4pm on the same day.