Fife Council has taken steps to ensure that areas struggling with slow residential and business broadband will soon be able to access superfast services.
The council has agreed an investment deal to bring faster broadband services to the 1.6% of properties in the region not covered by the Digital Scotland broadband roll-out. By March 2018 it is expected that more than 176,000 properties will have access to services; however, this would still leave almost 3,000 properties with no access.
This new part of the scheme involves an investment of £150,000 to look at different ways of providing broadband, with additional funding to offer Wi-Fi services in rural areas. Lesley Laird, deputy leader of the council, said that faster services are crucial to the area.
Superfast broadband is officially defined as having download speeds of at least 24Mbps. The council will be working with Community Broadband Scotland and other groups to establish the best way to deliver the superfast services.
The council will also be working with Community Initiatives North East Fife. A similar scheme is being considered to cover south west Fife and there will be a consultation about this over the next few months.
The council also has plans to work with the Scottish Futures Trust to assess the availability of public Wi-Fi and to apply for funding from the Scottish government to develop digital services further. The Scottish government recently made £1.5m available for initiatives that promoted digital services.