Broadband boost for Burgh
Published 24 May 2012 09:00 0 Comments
BT has announced plans to make faster broadband available to thousands of homes and businesses in Dumbarton.
The town is among the latest Scottish communities to be included in the roll-out of next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
They are due to be upgraded by the Spring of next year.
The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) - more than double the speed previously available from BT.
The faster broadband has just become available in Duntocher after latest upgrades were completed this month, while Bearsden, Clydebank, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie have already been upgraded.
The addition of Dumbarton takes the overall number of local homes and businesses in covered by the faster technology to more than 38,200.
Alex Neil, Scottish cabinet secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment said: "This latest announcement from BT is very much welcomed. Broadband is a vital part of the essential infrastructure of Scotland and faster broadband for businesses and households will play a key role in Scotland's future success.
"Today's announcement shows the role the private sector has in helping the Scottish Government deliver our Digital Infrastructure Action Plan, moving us a step closer to achieving world-class digital connectivity across Scotland."
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, added: "The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity to Dumbarton and the wider area.
"It is an important part of BT's plans to help ensure that Scotland is able to take full advantage of the communications revolution.
"The technology is having a major impact on our everyday lives and changing for the better the way we live, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. And communities are better able to make use of the huge range of on-line educational and entertainment opportunities available.
"But there is still much work to be done and we want to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations."
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 24 May 12
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