Scottish farmers bid for broadband funding

Farming communities in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for European money to improve broadband connections in remote areas.

Communities will be able to bid for a share of €1m fund to bring enhanced broadband to their areas, said the Scottish government.

The new investment is being delivered by the LEADER scheme which supports small-scale, community driven projects in rural areas.

It is aimed at improving internet coverage and bringing faster broadband to rural communities.

Rural secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have broadband access and have already carried out a significant amount of work in this area.

“With it being used by more and more households as standard, I hope that this new challenge fund will further enhance Scotland’s broadband infrastructure and help rural firms gain a level playing field at a time when they need it most.”

Fresh investment through LEADER would bring faster speeds, improved coverage and help identify rural digital needs, said Mr Lochhead.