Christmas trees for local communities

Pupils of Colmonell Primary School with the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Fibre Optic Christmas Tree
Pupils of Colmonell Primary School with the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Fibre Optic Christmas Tree

The villages of Colmonell, Maybole and Dailly were all lucky winners of luxury fibre optic Christmas trees for their village halls.

The communities were all presented with the stunning eight-foot trees by members of the programme. School children and members of the community also attended to help with the decorating of the trees.

The £410 million Digital Scotland partnership is delivering high-speed fibre broadband services to many communities not included in commercial upgrade plans. Funders include the Scottish and UK Governments, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, BT, local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.

Alongside commercial upgrades, the programme will provide access to fibre broadband to around 95% of Scottish premises by the end of March 2018, underpinning the Scottish Government’s aim of delivering world class connectivity by 2020.

Maybole currently has over 2,400 premises able to receive fibre broadband. Colmonell is due to receive fibre in the first half of 2017, while Dailly is scheduled for between July and December 2016.

Communities from across Scotland were invited to take part in the Facebook competition in November, by adding a photo of their hall or community centre. The winners and runner-ups went to the pages who received the most ‘Likes’ on the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme Facebook page.

Senga Masson one of the organisers of the online campaign from Maybole said; “We are absolutely delighted to have been lucky enough to win one of the fibre Christmas trees. Thanks Digtial Scotland.”

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland, said: “Many homes and businesses in Scotland are now able to connect to fibre broadband through our programme. This competition was really exciting for communities that have already benefited from the Digital Scotland rollout as well as ones looking forward to being connected in the future.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, added: “A high speed connection will keep everyone in your household happy this Christmas as they can all be online at the same time whatever their internet interests. I am sure that the villages will be delighted with their trees”