Fibre Broadband boost for Ballater

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More than 1,000 homes and businesses in Ballater are now able to connect to fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The properties join more than 55,000 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire which are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland rollout.

To help local people find out more about the benefits of the high-speed service, a special drop-in event will be held at Church Square from 2-6pm on Tuesday September 29.

Anyone in the local community interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide is invited to attend the free event.

Members of the Digital Scotland team will be on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on areas such as signing up with a service provider.

Fibre broadband availability in Ballater coincides with the recent announcement of the first areas in the Cairngorms National Park being able to connect to fibre services.

The latest premises are among more than 412,000 across Scotland which can now access fibre broadband services as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland rollout.

Fibre broadband enables multiple users in a home or business to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time. In order to take advantage of the higher speeds now available, residents should contact their service provider.

Aberdeenshire Council has contributed £16 million to the Digital Scotland rollout in addition to block funding from all the Scottish local authorities.

Councillor Moira Ingleby, Chairwoman of Marr Area Committee, said: “It’s really exciting to hear that so many residences in and around Ballater are already able to connect to fibre broadband. It’s good to see this project reaching more communities in our area, contributing towards the aim of connecting most of our homes and businesses to fibre broadband.

“We know how important access to high-speed internet technology is to both residents and businesses.”