Better broadband bid by council

Councillors will be asked to support a critical step in a project which could see a multi-million pound investment in broadband infrastructure across the North East of Scotland.

Access to high speed broadband could significantly improve economic competitiveness and reduce the cost of delivering council and other public sector services as well as significantly improving the usability of the internet for most residents. Parts of Aberdeenshire have no access to broadband and service speeds throughout the City and Aberdeenshire are slow and significantly below the advertised peak speeds that most subscribers believe they are paying for. The UK Government has announced Broadband UK funding for Scotland of £68.8 million which the Scottish Government has said it will add to in support of the roll out of higher speed broadband throughout rural Scotland.