New rural
scheme welcomed

The struggle to ensure rural areas are digitally connected received a further boost with the launch of a new funding programme by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The new fund, the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) broadband grant scheme is now open for applications.

The £9 million fund will be used to support community-led broadband projects where groups of hard-to-reach communities can get together to procure super-fast broadband services from commercial providers. The announcement is further good news for rural communities, following on from the success of Scottish Rural Parliament in obtaining additional work from BT to highlight areas which will not get superfast broadband as part of the continued roll-out, as was reported in the Herald last month.