Next step towards Bute rural broadband scheme

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A call has gone out for homes and businesses in rural areas of Bute to express a firm interest in a new community broadband project.

The Kyles Community Broadband Group is being set up under the auspices of the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust to deliver much faster broadband to homes in rural parts of Bute, and in Colintraive, Glendaruel, Kames and Tighnabruaich, which are not covered by the high-speed fibre project being rolled out by BT and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The BT/HIE project has provided higher-speed services in Rothesay, Ardbeg, Port Bannatyne and Craigmore since the summer of 2015, and is expected to go live in the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay area at the south end of the island by the end of March.

But that still leaves properties in large areas of Bute, including Ascog, Kerrycroy, Mount Stuart and the whole of the west and north of the island, not covered by the scheme.

Charles Dixon-Spain, chair of the Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust, told a meeting at the Kingarth Hotel this week: “We want to provide fit-for-purpose connectivity which is future-proofed and delivered in a transparent and inclusive way.”

Further meetings on the subject will be held this Sunday, January 17 - at the Kames Recreational Hall in Tighnabruaich at 2pm and at the village hall in Glendaruel at 4pm.

To find out more, and register your interest in signing up for the scheme, see www.kcb.scot.