Following the Scottish Government’s announcement* to award BT (Openreach) an £83 million “R100″ contract to upgrade Central Scotland, we are working with Openreach to assess how this might impact the Blairadam Community Fibre Partnership. We expect to have a position by the 21st February. The Scottish Government contract does not necessarily mean that Community Fibre Partnerships cannot proceed, in fact it may make them more viable. So that we are in a position to proceed quickly when the time comes, we encourage anyone who hasn’t registered interest yet, to do so: https://ruralgigabit.org/registerinterest
Additionally, Rural Gigabit have been working with Perth & Kinross Council on a programme to deliver full-fibre upgrades for village halls, including the Tabernacle Hall. This initiative should drive down the cost of the Blairadam Community Fibre Partnership and could speed up progress of any engineering works.