Fife Council says it’s extending Superfast Broadband coverage to drive digital inclusion, develop new businesses and open up tourism opportunities in rural areas.
It’s set to benefit from a one-off investment of £150,000 to support the development of alternative ways to extend broadband coverage, as well as extra funding for Wi-Fi deployments to benefit rural Fife.
This new focus been designed to address the remaining 1.6% of Fife premises not included in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) rollout already taking place across the Kingdom.
According to the Council, this will increase the percentage of premises in Fife with access to fibre broadband beyond the 98.4% forecasted by the Scottish Government.
Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) brings fast fibre broadband to areas where commercial infrastructure providers have chosen not to develop, and is already changing the way we work, learn and enjoy our leisure time.
The Council says these developments are enabling businesses to trade more effectively and access new markets, as well as allowing employees to collaborate, innovate, work remotely and access cloud computing.
For the few areas that will not see any benefit through DSSB, Fife Council is working with Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) and community groups to devise other ways of delivering faster broadband.