Small step forward for Bute rural broadband

Community Broadband Scotland has awarded a �5,000 grant towards the provision of high-speed broadband in areas of Bute, Colintraive, Glendaruel and Tighnabruaich not covered by the BT/Highlands and Islands Enterprise roll-out.
Community Broadband Scotland has awarded a �5,000 grant towards the provision of high-speed broadband in areas of Bute, Colintraive, Glendaruel and Tighnabruaich not covered by the BT/Highlands and Islands Enterprise roll-out.

Community Broadband Scotland has awarded a grant of £5,000 to help bring broadband services to parts of Bute which will not be covered by the expansion of BT technology.

The money has been awarded to the Kyles of Bute Community Broadband Project, a group formed to look at ways of bringing high-speed broadband to customers in Tichnabruaich, Colintraive, Glendaruel and Bute not included in BT’s roll-out of high-speed broadband in the area.

BT’s rollout of high-speed fibre broadband to homes in Rothesay, in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), began in July and will continue in the main population areas of Ardbeg, Port Bannatyne, Craigmore, Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay until June 2016.

The CBS grant will be used to issue an ‘invitation to appropriate companies to tender’ for the supply and operation of a system to bring superfast speeds to those not reached by the BT roll-out.

On Bute that means properties in the south-east of the island - particularly Ascog, Kerrycroy and Mount Stuart - as well as the west coast and the north.