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Local MP Welcomes BT Fibre Investment in Turriff

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


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Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has welcomed the latest investment in the North-east by BT, who have announced that 25 communities in Scotland are to see investment in high-speed fibre broadband. Turriff is included in the communities set to benefit, with Banff and Mintlaw having previously been announced.

Commenting Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“This announcement by BT of a major fibre broadband upgrade in Turriff is very welcome news indeed. It is critical to our local economy that we see investment in new communications technology to enable business to remain competitive with major urban centres and to attract new investment in businesses, including life sciences, which are viewed as so important to the area’s economic future.

“Combined with the upcoming plans for next generation broadband right across our region and more localised projects in harder to reach areas, this range of investment not only supports our economy in the future but such a major infrastructure upgrade also means jobs during the installation of these new technologies.”

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity and fibre broadband will play a key role in enhancing our digital offering.

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015. This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved.”

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