28. We will work with industry to take forward the Step Change Programme (now known as the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme) to provide the capacity to deliver next generation broadband to 95% of premises by 2017-18, and a significant uplift in speeds for the remaining areas.

Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; BT; Local Authorities; Community Broadband Scotland

Locations: Coast and islands; rural areas, semi-rural areas, suburban areas

Further reading:

Scottish Government Digital Scotland
Community Broadband Scotland

Environmental Mitigation: None identified.

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme has already met its target of providing fibre broadband access to 85% of homes and businesses across Scotland and is on track to reach 95% by the end of 2017/18. At the end of January 2017, DSSB has connected over 700,000 premises from an expected total of around 750,000 at the end of the programme.  This is in addition to commercial broadband rollout by BT and other suppliers.

 

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