Community Broadband Kyle of Sutherland

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Community Broadband Kyle of Sutherland

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust worked with Community Broadband Scotland to carry out a scoping exercise in the local area. The aim of the exercise was to find out if there is an appetite for a community owned broadband service which can deliver superfast speeds throughout the area.

BT Openreach is currently upgrading the broadband service to ‘superfast’ speeds. Bonar Bridge and the Ardgay BT cabinet has been activated. However, superfast speeds can only be achieved within 2.5km of the cabinet, thereafter the speed drops considerably leaving a large number of households and businesses with a slow internet connection.

The intention was that a community broadband project would cover all households over 2.5km from the cabinet. The superfast connection would be provided through a series of small radio masts. The masts would be wholly owned by the community, with the administration of the project being undertaken locally.

Due to ongoing changes to Government broadband role out strategy it has not been possible for this project to be taken forward by the Trust.