Aberdeenshire Council Policy & Resources Committee approved an £18m investment in broadband across the shire.
This is part of the Scottish Government procurement programme to improve broadband internet access across Scotland. Being aware that over 19,000 premises across Aberdeenshire do not have an existing broadband service, councillors welcomed this report and have agreed to create a reserve for broadband access and transfer £6m to this reserve at the end of the financial year.
Speaking previously Council Leader, Cllr Jim Gifford said
This is an exciting and transformational project which will have huge benefits for our residents and businesses across Aberdeenshire. In many towns and cities with large populations and high demand, the private sector will put in place the infrastructure – but this simply isn’t the case in large parts of Scotland and in Aberdeenshire in particular. I think this is an exciting project where the council, working with the Scottish Government, can make a huge difference to communities.