..:: Broadband in the Local Press
Village on target for Broadband
9th January 2004 - The Northern Scot
VILLAGERS in Lhanbryde have hit their Broadband target.
The community can now look forward to the high-speed Internet
connection in 2004.
BT had set a target of 300 registrations for the service before
it would contemplate upgrading the local exchange. A date will be announced
soon for the upgrade.
The campaign to get Broadband was established and coordinated
by local resident Alan Addison, who said: "This is an amazing result for
all rural areas hoping to get access to the new technology."
"Hopefully our efforts will encourage other areas to speak
up for Broadband and make sure they are not left behind in the new technological
"Everyone involved with the campaign over the past few
months has done a great job, specifically the staff at the Mace store, who allowed
us to set up a collection point for registrations. This proved to be a very
effective tool for gathering registrations." said Mr Addison.
Five north exchanges set for Broadband boost
26th October 2003 - BT Scotland
announced today that five more exchanges in the north of Scotland will be upgraded
for broadband. The latest initiative will extend the high-speed internet service
to more than half the homes in Highland and Moray.
The communications company, supported by Highlands and Islands
Enterprise (HIE), pledged today to bring broadband to 8300 customers in Cullen,
Fochabers, Fortrose, Grantown-on-Spey and Hopeman.
The project follows BT Scotland and HIE’s broadband
initiative in early summer which took the technology to Buckie, Dingwall, Forres,
Fort William, Nairn and Oban.
Another broadband breakthrough earlier this month saw BT Scotland
teaming up with THUS to bring broadband to Orkney, Shetland and the Western
Isles, again supported by HIE.
BT Scotland director Bob Downes said: “Today’s
announcement is a great boost for these five communities which can now look
forward to the broadband internet experience. And they’re not alone. Through
our registration trigger scheme, Lossiemouth was enabled on October 15, and
will be followed by Thurso and Findhorn on January 7.
“When these latest exchange upgrades are completed, broadband
will be available to 73 per cent of businesses and households in Moray and 45
per cent in the Highland area, with total coverage of the Highlands, Islands
and Moray set to reach 50 per cent early next year.
“The next challenge will be to ensure that uptake of broadband reflects
the availability. Broadband is currently available to 60% of the Scottish population
but uptake remains at around five per cent. As we work to increase demand, we’re
not letting up with our efforts to widen availability. We’re trying various
technologies to find a viable means of bringing broadband to Scotland’s
HIE chief executive Sandy Cumming welcomed the announcement.
He said: "Broadband is now one of the major driving forces
for economic and social development and we are doing all we can to ensure that
businesses, communities and homes throughout the Highlands and Islands have
high-speed internet access comparable with that available in larger towns and
cities anywhere in the UK.
“This latest announcement, which sees availability of
these services extended to more homes in the area, is another significant and
welcome step towards that goal."
Last month (September) the HIE network launched HI-WIDE Ltd,
a not for profit company that will bring broadband to some of the most remote
and rural areas of the Highlands and Islands.
With access to broadband, businesses can gain a vital competitive
edge in sales, marketing and customer service operations, and make significant
savings in their operating costs.
Families can experience life in the fast lane with always-on,
near instant e-mail and fast downloading of games, music, films and sporting
clips. Broadband users can also make and receive phone calls while they’re
surfing or e-mailing.
— BT Scotland
Spey Bay urged to take Broad approach
17th October 2003 - The Northern Scot
COMPUTER buffs in Spey Bay have been urged to sign up to the BT Broadband revolution
Only 35 people have so far registered an interest in Broadband
in the area, and that is well short of the level required for BT to consider
upgrading the exchange.
Broadband is 10 times faster than a normal modem connection,
and you can still use your normal phone line while on the Internet
Local pro-Broadband campaigner David Bremner said: "If
we can demonstrate sufficient demand, then BT will review the local exchange
and set a trigger level."
Those levels vary from 200 to 500 expressions of interest before
Broadband will be introduced into an area. Elgin already has Broadband, and
Findhorn is about to go live.
"In a rural area such as ours, it's a long shot to get
the exchange enabled," added Mr Bremner, "but if we don't show our
interest by registering, then we have no chance at all."
Anyone in the Spey Bay area who would like to register an interest
in Broadband can log on to www.bb4sb.co.uk
MP goes on the campaign trail for broadband
3rd October 2003 - The Northern Scot - Page
THE push to bring broadband to a Moray community took a step forward when residents
signed up to help make a connection.
MP Angus Robertson went out and about in Lhanbryde to help
raise awareness and interest in broadband, the advanced computer connection.
All areas in Moray which had trigger levels set by BT –
expressions of interest at which local exchanges would be upgraded – have
met their figures, and
now the campaign has moved on to bringing the possibility of broadband to smaller
Lhanbryde has a successful online campaign at www.broadband4lhanbryde.co.uk
which has already signed up around 160 people.
The number was further boosted when Mr Robertson, who has also
carried out door to door campaigns in Craigellachie and Dufftown, gathered a
further 40 names.
“Broadband is a very useful tool that can be used to
help children to learn in schools and businesses to advertise and sell their
products and also to keep track of the markets,” said Mr Robertson.
“The broadband revolution has been compared by some as
being like the change from black and white to colour TV, offering vastly superior
Internet connections to the current standard modem with very fast downloading
of websites and access to high-speed video and sound information on the web.”
“I am sure that the broadband campaign in Lhanbryde will
be a successful as the other campaigns in Moray and that this enthusiasm will
spread to more Moray’s smaller communities.”
Villages hail internet victory
5th September 2003 - The Northern Scot
RESIDENTS in Findhorn and Kinloss are about to enjoy life in the fast lane by
joining the Broadband internet revolution.
The community has hit it's trigger of 300 interested customers
and BT Scotland engineers have already started work to connect the local exchange
to the national network. It should take around 14 weeks.
Moray MP Mr Angus Robertson, who has backed local Broadband
campaigns, said: "This is a tremendous achievement for everybody in the
area who have campaigned for broadband connection."
At the moment Broadband is available in Elgin, Forres and Buckie
and from next month in Lossiemouth. Over one million have signed up for it across
"There is currently an ongoing campaign for a trigger
level to be set for the Lhanbryde exchange and anyone interested can register
their support at www.broadband4lhanbryde.co.uk,"
said Mr Robertson.
"I will also be campaigning on the issie in Craigellachie
and Dufftown where residents have requested help in getting the new service."
BT Scotland general manager Mr Brendan Dick said: "This
is great news for the people of Findhorn who have used our registration scheme
to prove that sufficient demand for broadband exists in the area."
Initially they set a trigger of 400 for Findhorn but that was
reduced to 300 earlier this year following a review of the cost involved in
upgrading the exchange.
"It's a tremendous achievement for the community and I
would like to thank all the local campaigners for their efforts in bringing
broadband to the area," added Mr Dick.
Broadband is up to 10 times faster than a normal internet connection
and it can be on all the time without affecting your normal phone line.
MP pushes for better Internet coverage
4th September 2003 - The Press & Journal
MORAY MP Angus Robertson yesterday continued his campaign for increased broadband
Internet access in the area by claiming that it was vital for the rural economy.
On door-to-door visits to Dufftown and Craigellachie, the MP
said that the advent of broadband in Moray would be as important a technological
change as switching from black-and-white to colour television.
Findhorn recently reached its trigger level of 300 registrations,
which means that every exchange in Moray with a set trigger level is now activated
or ready to be activated.
However, there are still a number of exchanges without set
trigger levels where Mr Robertson claims the local community is keen to have
These include both Dufftown and Craigellachie, and Mr Robertson
yesterday visited residents and businesses in both towns who would be interested
in signing up for the high-speed internet connection.
He said: "The benefits of broadband would make and immense
difference to the area's community and businesses. It is 10 times faster than
normal internet connections and is becoming less expensive as more interest
"Broadband technology has been described by some as being
like switching from black-and-white to colour television. A major advantage
is that you can simultaneously be on the internet and the phone, which would
be extremely advantageous to businesses, especially those working from home."
Mr Robertson yesterday urged anyone who would like to see broadband
introduced to Dufftown, Craigellachie and Lhanbryde, which is also campaigning
to have the new technology available, to register their interest.
"This does not mean you are committing to purchasing broadband
but the more registrations in an area the quicker that it might become available,"
People can register their interest online at www.bt.com/broadband.
There is a specific campaign website for the Lhanbryde area at www.broadband4lhanbryde.co.uk
— By Tommy Smith, Press
29th August 2003 - The Northern Scot
THE broadband computer revolution could be set to hit a Moray community following
a successful campaign.
Over 150 people in the Lhanbryde area have registered an interest
with BT, and that has taken the introduction of the high-speed Internet access
a step closer.
The community has shown enough interest in Broadband for BT
to carry out a full cost analysis of upgrading the exchange.
The result of the review should be known within the next two
months when BT are expected to announce a trigger level for the exchange.
Trigger levels vary from 150 up to 500 depending on the cost
of upgrading the exchange. The trigger level is the final target to aim for
before an exchange is upgraded for Broadband.
In the meantime, residents are still asked to register their
interest in Broadband with the local campaign at www.broadband4lhanbryde.co.uk
Lossiemouth latest for going
18th July 2003 - The Northern Scot
YET another Moray town is set to enjoy life in the Internet fast lane.
Lossiemouth is to benefit from Broadband after hitting it's
customer registration target for the high-speed Internet service.
BT Scotland engineers will shortly begin work to connect the
exchange to the Broadband backbone network. A date for the switch on will be
announced soon (Ed: 15th October 2003), with the work taking around
12 weeks to complete.
More than 160 Scottish exchanges have been allocated triggers,
ranging from 150 to 500 customers. The trigger is based on the cost of enabling
each exchange - typically £200,000 - and represents half the number of
customers BT need to break even after three years.
BT Scotland general manager Mr Brendan Dick said: "This
is great news for the people of Lossiemouth who have used our registration scheme
to prove that sufficient demand for Broadband exists in the area."
"BT originally set a registration threshold of 350 customers
at Lossiemouth based on the investment required to upgrade the exchange. Last
month this was cut to 300 as BT celebrated reaching the milestone of a million
wholesale Broadband customers."
"Lossiemouth has now reached its target, which is a tremendous
achievement for the community, and I'd like to thank all the local campaigners
for their efforts in bringing Broadband to the town."
"I have absolutely no doubt that once local people have
experiences Broadband, they will find there is no going back to the old, slow,
With access to ADSL Broadband, businesses in Lossiemouth can
gain a vital competitive edge in sales, marketing and customer service operations,
and make significant savings in their operating costs.
Residential customers served by the local exchange will be
able to enjoy life in the fast lane with Internet and e-mail that's 10 times
faster than an ordinary connection. Benefits are always-on, near instant e-mail
and fast downloading of games, music, films and sporting clips.
Broadband users also have the huge bonus of being able to make
and receive phone calls while they are surfing or e-mailing.
People wanting to sign up for ADSL Broadband services should
register with an Internet service provider of their choice.
A full list of ADSL service providers is available at www.bt.com/broadband/
with links to their websites.
Call to come on line!
10th July 2003 - The Northern Scot
A CAMPAIGN to bring Broadband Internet access to computer users in a Moray community
has gone live.
Broadband4Lhanbryde at www.broadband4lhanbryde.co.uk
has been set up to cover the Lhanbryde, Urquhart and surrounding areas by local
resident Alan Addison.
Currently, the technology available in Lhanbryde is unable
to support the latest Broadband connections which, if implemented, would revolutionise
the way the Internet is used in the area.
Many businesses in Elgin and Forres are already taking advantage
of Broadband technology to provide better services to their customers, said
"The upgrading of a rural telephone exchange, such as
Lhanbryde, would mean current small businesses can expand their reach by having
a permanent presence on-line and be competitive with their larger, city based
counterparts," he said.
"In addition, more people would be encouraged to start
up small businesses from home, which is good news for employment in the local
"The campaign has already had word from local residents
who are delaying starting up a business until they get their hands on the latest
Before BT will upgrade the Lhanbryde exchange, residents must
register their interest.
Northern Scot, Midweek extra
MP squeezes trigger for broadband access
4th July 2003 - The Northern Scot
A MORAY politician has rallied to a call from Dufftown residents
for better Internet communications by heading up a new drive for broadband access.
Mr Angus Robertson MP has raised the possibility
of having a broadband trigger level set for the town with senior Scottish executives.
The trigger level is the number of Internet users
in a telephone exchange area required to register an interest in broadband before
BT will make the technology available.
The Westminister MP's efforts for Dufftown follow
on from similar campaigns in Forres and Buckie, where both households and businesses
have access to broadband.
Mr Robertson explained that there is no commitment
for anyone registering an interest in then service to install it when it becomes
He said that such technology, which is ten times
faster than normal Internet connections, and also allows users to be on the
telephone while using the net, would be advantageous to everyone, but in particular
"At the moment broadband is available in Elgin,
Forres and Buckie, and with nearly 1.5m people now signed up to broadband throughout
the UK, it is clear that many are seeing the huge benefits it can offer."
"Currently Lossiemouth and Findhorn are the
only other exchanges in Moray with trigger levels set. Lossiemouth, with 279
registrations, only requires 21 more to reach its level of 300, and I would
urge businesses and other residents alike to log on to www.bt.com/broadband
to register their interest."
"Findhorn has a bit further to go with 191
registrations out of 300 required, and again I would urge residents in the Findhorn
and Kinloss areas to ensure that broadband becomes available as soon as possible."
"The next step in expanding Moray's broadband
capabilities will be to get trigger levels set for more communities in the region.
BT have been very helpful in publicising broadband, and I hope they will give
serious consideration to Dufftown being included."
— By Leanne Carter, The Northern Scot