The need for significant improvements in digital connectivity was highlighted as a priority in the Economic Strategy for the Park. As a result of this Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) are now progressing a community broadband project in the Cairngorms National Park.
A CNPA Board paper in December 2015 set out our proposed approach to addressing provision in those homes and businesses in the National Park that are hardest to reach.
In January 2016 Community Broadband Scotland (CBS), in partnership with CNPA, brought together community groups from around the National Park to determine if there was a need for a community broadband project and, if there was, to identify a body to take the project forward with the support of CBS. For further details please see the meeting note.
The latest State Aid public consultation issued by Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) will enable Cairngorms Community Broadband (CCB) to progress with their community broadband project. CCB are currently looking to secure funding to bring better connectivity to some 1300 premises.
Cairngorms Community Broadband is being set up to address poor connectivity in the Cairngorms area. The group are aiming to deliver broadband speeds of 30Mbps or more to 100% of premises within the project area.
In order for CBS to allocate public funding to a project, State Aid approval is required through a decision granted by the European Commission. Following a successful display of public support for the project and the approval of a new State Aid approval framework, the National Broadband Scheme, CBS are now seeking to confirm the intervention area and invite suppliers to respond to the State Aid public consultation by Wednesday 9th November.
Carrying out this consultation will confirm the scope of the project area and allow CBS to allocate public funding towards the capital costs of the network.
For more information on the two main programmes – the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme and the Community Broadband Scotland initiative – view this briefing note (159KB).