Dec 30 2011 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday
MORE than 6500 homes and businesses in Alva and Bridge of Allan will have access to faster broadband by next summer.
The Clackmannanshire and Stirlingshire communities are included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – double the maximum speeds previously available.
The new next generation network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.
Brendan Dick, director BT Scotland, said: “At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for many businesses in Alva and Bridge of Allan and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households.”
Clackmannanshire Council leader Councillor Sam Ovens said: “The council welcomes this latest announcement from BT, and I'm sure our local business community will too.
“Just like roads and railways, broadband is a vital part of the essential infrastructure of Scotland. I'd like to thank our business community who have played no small part in helping to deliver this project, and I'm absolutely delighted that all their efforts are now paying off.”