Did I Mention...fibre broadband is here?

Young novelist Estelle Maskame and councillors Stuart Pratt and Anne Allan are delighted with the arrival of high-speed broadband in Peterhead
Young novelist Estelle Maskame and councillors Stuart Pratt and Anne Allan are delighted with the arrival of high-speed broadband in Peterhead

Young local author Estelle Maskame took time out this week to welcome the arrival of high-speed broadband in Peterhead.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Blue Toon are now able to connect to fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The 1,000 in Peterhead join 8,000 more homes and businesses in the town which are already covered by BT’s commercial roll-out.

The technology enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time more quickly than ever before.

In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.

Estelle was joined by members of the Digital Scotland programme and local councillors Stuart Pratt and Anne Allan, to unveil one of the new street cabinets that will serve part of the town.

18-year-old Estelle said: “There’s an array of opportunites to be had when you’re connected to the internet.

“Fibre broadband is something that which can open even more doors for you and it was a pleasure to welcome it in my hometown.”

Councillor Pratt said: “We know how important access to high-speed internet technology is to both residents and businesses - which is why Aberdeenshire Council chose to invest £16 million into the programme’s roll-out.”

Users can check the interactive map on the Digital Scotland website (www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen) to find out when they can get service and further information is also available on Twitter @ScotSuperfast or Facebook at www.facebook.com/scotlandsuperfast.