SCD is pleased to announce the completion of another phase in our project to improve broadband in the worst affected areas of Strathdearn. Work has been progressing throughout the summer and autumn to install fibre broadband cables to properties on the Glen road between Findhorn Bridge and Glenmazeran. Openreach informed us yesterday that they have completed the fibre connections to all properties in this phase of the project and property owners can now contact service providers.
This phase of the project was largely funded by the property owners themselves, with a generous grant from Strathdearn Community Charitable Trust and further contributions from Strathdearn Community Developments (SCD) and Inverness South Ward discretionary fund. We are very grateful to Councillor Andrew Jarvie for his help in procuring the discretionary fund grant.
This project shows what can be done when people take responsibility for raising their own living standards. A fast digital connection is becoming essential for modern living. Congratulations to all participating property owners, you are now amongst the best connected in the country.
The project was managed by SCD and powered by James Macpherson! As with the Moy project, Openreach have been great to work with. The terrain up the Glen is pretty challenging and to finish ahead of schedule is excellent work. They have kept us fully informed throughout and dealt with problems quickly and thoroughly. However we are always looking to learn lessons which will help us manage similar schemes in the future so if there's anything Glen residents would like to tell us, good or bad, about the process so far, please contact Steve Cormack, or just flag down James on the road!
The Scottish government is due to make an announcement soon about its R100 scheme to bring superfast broadband to 100% of properties in Scotland. This will probably have a bearing on SCD's broadband strategy so we have put our plans on hold until the situation is clearer.