Broadband frustrations for Bute residents

Monday, October 27th 2014
Better broadband may not be on its way to Bute until 2016.
Broadband frustrations for Bute residents
Isle of Bute residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with their lack of an adequate broadband connection, especially after learning they may not be set for an upgrade until 2016.

Local publication the Buteman reports that the AGM of the Bute Rural Community Broadband Group heard that service provider BT is planning to deliver next generation broadband to the island, but not for another two years.

Director of Digital Highlands and Islands at BT Stuart Robertson was in attendance at the Kingarth Hotel, where many local people currently have to go if they want to use the internet. He admitted rollout schemes are not necessarily about upgrading poor broadband connections, but are to do with delivering the high-speed technology to as many premises as possible for a cost-effective sum.

One frustrated isle resident David Brown commented: "It would appear we've been sort of gazumped by BT's announcement talking about 2016.

"Business, revenue and employment opportunities are being lost all the time."

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