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Council approves more investment for transformative rural broadband

Friday May 24th, 2019

Stirling Council is investing almost £90,000 in three superfast broadband projects as it continues to make significant progress in transforming the connectivity of rural communities.Government Opportunities

Trossachs Community Trust will receive £50,000 to design, build and operate a mixture of wireless and whitespace technology which will provide 30 businesses and 72 properties with world class connectivity.

Carron Valley and District Community Council have been awarded £30,000 to build and operate a fixed wireless network, allowing 17 businesses and 48 premises access to the digital technology.

Meanwhile, the Auchenteck group will use £8,750 of funding for a community partnership project, bringing a full fibre solution to eight households.

Boosting economic growth
Backed by £300,000 of annual capital funding, the local authority is supporting rural communities in the development of alternative broadband solutions, boosting economic growth and allowing residents access to vital services.

One Full Time Equivalent Rural Broadband Project Officer, supported by the Council and the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme, is also in place until March 2020, to provide technical, project and funding support to communities.

Across Stirling, there are 18 innovative schemes at various stages of completion. Three projects have gone live – Balquhidder, Argarty & Kilbryde, and Stockiemuir – enabling 250 households and 60 businesses to benefit from the technology.

Free public Wi-Fi in Aberfoyle town centre is also now up and running, benefiting businesses, communities and visitors in the area.

Transformative for rural businesses and residents
Stuart Oliver, Senior Manager Economic Development, Culture and Tourism at Stirling Council, said: “Working in partnership with communities, we are supporting projects across rural Stirling to ensure the sustainable growth and development of our rural economy, which is a key Council priority.

“Improved digital connectivity is life-changing for rural businesses and residents, and it’s fantastic to see more people getting access to this key infrastructure and more initiatives moving forward.

“We will continue to support our communities in obtaining fast and reliable broadband and press on with delivery on a range of other projects to develop the rural economy.”

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