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Scotland Targets Broadband Coverage

Posted: 11th Aug, 2004 By: MarkJ
The Scottish Executive has begun offering operators a new 'subsidised' contract for Internet service delivery, which is designed to help cover the country’s broadband black spots:

The contract, which will run for five years, is to provide affordable broadband services to parts of Scotland where commercial broadband services are not being made available.

Broadband availability is much poorer in Scotland than in the rest of Britain. BT has calculated that it isn't economically viable to broadband-enable around 400 of Scotland's local telephone exchanges, and NTL and Telewest have no public plans to extend their own high-speed networks.

Faced with this reluctance from the private sector to make broadband more widely available in Scotland, the Executive has decided that public subsidy is the way forward.


Exact details of the contract are not known, although BT is said to be considering a bid. More @ ZDNet.
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