Faster broadband for 4000 homes

More than 4,100 homes 
and business in East Dunbartonshire are to benefit from faster access to the 
internet from next Spring.

Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Bearsden are included in the latest phase of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Local people will have access to fibre services at speeds of up to 80Mbps, rolled-out by BT’s local network business, Openreach.

The project, funded by the Scottish and UK governments, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, councils, European cash and money from BT , is extending to 80,000 homes and businesses across Scotland.

Bishopbriggs and Bearsden will receive high-speed technology for the first time, while Kirkintilloch will see additional premises connected. The aim is for 85 per cent of premises in Scotland to have fibre broadband by the end of 2015/16 and 95 per cent by the end of 2017/18.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It’s fantastic to see the project extending into places like Bishopbriggs and Bearsden, which will benefit greatly from the economic 
advantages fibre broadband brings.

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of the Development and Regeneration Committee, said: “I am delighted Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Bearsden will soon be benefiting 
from superfast broadband coverage.

“It is particularly vital local businesses have access to superfast broadband to enable them to compete in an increasingly digital-dominated age.”