Scotland launches £5m rural broadband fund
The next generation of broadband could be on its way to Scotland after the country announced a £5 million national fund will pay for advances in the technology.
Community Broadband Scotland will aim to provide information and tips relating to the latest internet services in villages and towns in the Borders region.
Individual communities will be given the chance to apply for funds to improve their access to the web and implement the required equipment to do so.
"Broadband should not be considered a luxury in rural areas in the Borders - it is essential to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the growth of the local economy," explained Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil.
He added that increasing access to hi-tech broadband solutions is a priority of the Scottish government.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead recently said it is vital that Scotland is included in plans for 4G mobile coverage and other high-speed developments if its rural economy is to thrive.