A broadband revolution is coming to Highland Perthshire — and those behind the scheme believe it could provide a jobs bonanza for the region.
In July, The Courier first unveiled details of the DIY plan to bring superfast speeds to previously deprived areas.
The ambitious project has progressed apace and now the Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership (HPCP) expects its first subscribers to go live in the spring.
It believes that jobs will be created through training a network of locally-based engineers, while access to cutting-edge services will enable a new generation of entrepreneurs to start rural businesses.
The partnership has been running for more than 15 years but the broadband project is by far its most ambitious.
It came about as a solution to the region’s on-going broadband woes after it became clear that the promised roll-out of speedy connection would take years to arrive.
The internet has become vital to the rural economy and it was felt that a three-year wait for decent connection speeds could cause families to leave the area and put businesses in jeopardy.
To tackle that problem head-on, the partnership devised its scheme, with phase one covering Amulree, Trochry and Struan before extending to all of Highland Perthshire.
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