People living at the south end of Bute have received the unexpected good news this week that they will be able to benefit from next-generation broadband speeds by 2016.
The Bute Community Broadband Group, formed last September, had been working on ideas for bringing 21st-century broadband speeds to the parts of the island which they thought would be left behind when the Rothesay exchange is upgraded as part of BT’s ‘Step Change’ programme.
But they have now been told that the Kilchattan Bay exchange will be upgraded at the same time.
Tom Cromack from the BRCB said: “Campbell Cameron from Community Broadband Scotland relayed the unexpected good news that as well as Rothesay, the Kilchattan Bay exchange is to receive an upgrade to next generation broadband speeds within the Step Change program timescale, ending mid 2016.
“Until this time CBS had informed us that the Kilchattan Bay exchange would not be upgraded, hence the group’s project proposal to bring broadband to the whole of rural Bute.”
Campbell Cameron, meanwhile, added: “This is great news for the Isle of Bute and the members of the Bute Community Broadband Group, who are to be congratulated as, in my view, your consistent campaigning has been instrumental in this success for your community.”