Broadband boost for village

The launch of the Digital Scotland superfast broadband cabinet at Kincardine O'Neil
The launch of the Digital Scotland superfast broadband cabinet at Kincardine O'Neil

Pupils from Kincardine O’Neil Primary School have played their part in welcoming fibre broadband to the village.

Head teacher Frances Ridley and senior pupils assisted with the celebrations at a special event last Friday.

They joined local councillors Jill Webster and Karen Clark, as well as representatives from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme, to unveil one of the new street cabinets that will serve part of the community.

Around 200 households and businesses can now access high-speed fibre services as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Local people need to sign up for the new services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

The premises in the area have joined more than 67,300 homes and businesses across Aberdeenshire – and more than 660,000 throughout Scotland – that are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland rollout.

Mrs Ridley said: “It was fantastic to have the Digital Scotland team visit the school and involve some of the pupils in helping launch the latest fibre broadband in the village.

“It was a great opportunity for pupils to see the amount of hard engineering work that’s involved in connecting up communities to fibre broadband.

“Learning and teaching experiences at Kincardine O’Neil Primary embrace the opportunities of a digital rich world.

“We motivate and challenge all pupils to be confident and skilled using new technologies that will be embedded in their future.”