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Perth and Kinross in Scotland Begin Phase 1 BT Fibre Broadband Rollout

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 (9:05 am) - Score 3,246

The Perth and Kinross Council in Scotland have begun phase one of their public and privately funded project with BT to extend the operators superfast broadband (FTTC/P) network out to 70% of local premises by 2015 and then 90% by December 2017.

At present around 3,500 local premises do not have even basic broadband access (up to 2Mbps) and 43,000 are unable to access a superfast broadband connection. But the new project aims to deliver speeds of at least 2Mbps to everybody, with the majority of properties also gaining access to superfast speeds.

The first Phase 1 of the roll-out has already started in Perth, Scone, Invergowrie, Methven and Almondbank. The following rural settlements of 1000 people or more should also benefit by the project’s completion.

Perth and Kinross NGA Upgrade Areas

Aberfeldy
Abernethy
Alyth
Auchterarder
Bankfoot
Blairgowrie
Bridge of Earn
Comrie
Coupar Angus
Crieff
Dunkeld and Birnam
Errol
Glencarse
Inchture
Kinross
Luncarty
Milnathort
Pitlochry
Stanley
St Madoes

Sadly that still leaves 10% of the area to whistle in the wind, although PKC has promised to pursue additional funding from other sources like Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and the Scottish Rural Development Programme, including the new LEADER Local Development Strategy for rural Perth and Kinross, among other prospects.

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