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Police welcome fibre broadband to Aberdeenshire town

Friday, December 4th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

An Aberdeenshire town is to benefit from faster broadband speeds after the arrival of fibre as part of Scotland’s superfast rollout.

Police Scotland and members of the Royal British Legion marked the arrival of fibre broadband to Turriff, where nearly 1,000 homes and businesses are getting access as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Building on BT’s commercial rollout, it means that 2,200 homes and businesses in the town can now access high-speed broadband.

Other areas where fibre has gone live as part of the programme include Aberchirder, Banff, Huntly, Fyvie and Laurencekirk – with more areas planned for inclusion in the coming months.

More than 56,600 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire can now able to access fibre broadband through the £410m Digital Scotland rollout, which has given fibre access to more than 475,000 across Scotland.

One of the new street cabinets to serve part of Turriff was unveiled this week in a special event attended by the town’s Royal British Legion, local councillors and members of the DSSB programme.

Councillor Sandy Duncan, from Aberdeenshire Council’s Turriff and District Ward, said: “It’s exciting news for Turriff and surrounding communities that a number of households and businesses are able to connect to fibre broadband.

“As the rollout evolves across the area, this service will provide many opportunities for residents.”

George Cruickshank, MBE, from the Royal British Legion said: “I and the other members look forward to seeing what it will bring to the town and the opportunities it will have for us – such as keeping in touch with our fellow comrades anywhere across the world.”

Police Scotland were also at the event to help raise awareness of their online campaign to keep people safe this Christmas.

'Stay safe'

Police Sergeant Lorraine Mackie said: “Christmas is a time for relaxing and celebrating, however, it’s also of vital importance to stay safe during the season.

“A faster internet connection will help people to prepare for journeys, get advice on keeping their homes secure and stay safe when out with friends and family."

Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “With homes and businesses in Turriff being able to connect fibre broadband, residents will see a positive boost in what they can achieve online, once signing up with a service provider.

“It was fantastic having the legion members and local police help us with our celebrations and enforcing that it’s vital that users keep aware of online safety during the Christmas period.”

This week, Cable.co.uk reported that a series of historic causeways built in Scotland in the Second World War were helping take fibre broadband to a number of Orkney Islands communities.

The Churchill Barriers, built on the orders of Winston Churchill after the sinking of HMS Royal Oak by a German U-boat in 1939, are being used to run network cables to help the rollout of superfast broadband.

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