Perthshire responds to slow BT rollout with community broadband scheme header image

Communities and councils in one part of Scotland have become so disgruntled about BT's failure to provide their area with high-speed broadband that they are taking matters into their own hands.

The Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership, which includes organisations such as Perth and Kinross Council, is planning to launch a pilot project to ensure connectivity is improved in Struan, Trochry and Amulree, the Courier reports.

This move is being taken after BT repeatedly put back the date of a next-generation rollout in the region - while it now appears that some places are likely to be overlooked when the upgrades take place.

Bruce Patterson, project officer at the partnership, commented: "Though the BT rollout is coming, there are vast areas of rural Perthshire that will be untouched and we know that dates for some communities have slipped from 2015 to 2017."

He warned that businesses and communities are likely to struggle if they do not aim to deal with this problem themselves, as 2017 will be too late for some.