£10k grant brings broadband to Glen Tanar

Friday, November 30th 2012
Cairngorms EU Leader Project cash has brought more reliable broadband to Glen Tanar.
£10k grant brings broadband to Glen Tanar
Broadband connectivity has been extended to the isolated Scottish community of Glen Tanar thanks to a grant of more than £10,000 from the Cairngorms EU Leader Project.

The funding has been spent on the rollout of Broadband Enabling Technology (BET), which brings faster line speeds to areas that are stuck with limited or no broadband access due to their distance from the nearest telephone exchange.

Glen Tanar Estate led the grant application, with owner Michael Bruce telling the Donside Piper that local residents and businesses felt the introduction of a quality broadband service was of paramount importance.

Before the BET installation, the broadband connections available in the area were slow and broke down regularly, he explained.

"We now have a service which allows the community to stay better connected with family, friends, customers and suppliers," Mr Bruce added. "Having a more reliable and faster service has been of huge benefit."

Network operator 3 Mobile is also aiming to improve broadband provision in rural Scotland by gifting free dongles and MiFi units to the communities of Durness, Invergordon and Melvich.

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