Councils sign broadband deal for southern Scotland

Scottish councils have signed a £32m contract to bring broadband to hundreds of schools, libraries and council offices throughout southern Scotland.

Scottish councils have signed a £32m contract to bring broadband to hundreds of schools, libraries and council offices throughout southern Scotland.

The deal, between the South of Scotland Broadband Pathfinder Project and telco Thus, will boost data connectivity to schoolchildren and public sector workers.

Philip Jones, chief executive at Dumfries and Galloway Council and chairman of the project board, said, “This network will provide leading-edge telecommunication technology to our schools, libraries and all major public offices, and will transform the way we work and how we deliver services to local people.”

The project is run jointly by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council, in partnership with the Scottish Executive. The work will be completed over two years.

Pupils will be able to share “virtual classes” with youngsters locally and around the world. Children in remote, rural areas will also benefit from videoconferencing facilities. Libraries and museums will use the technology to digitise catalogues and archives.

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