Scottish MP wants private broadband line opened

The 136 mile line could help to provide fibre optic broadband to many remote rural homes and buisnesses.

The Conservative Scottish Highlands and Islands MP Edward Mountain has issued a plea to the Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) asking them to open up their private 136-mile fibre optic broadband connection to the public.

The line runs via a huge interconnecting network of overhead telephone cables all the way from Falkirk in Central Scotland up to Inverness in the sprawling Scottish Highlands, so would be an ideal way to provide many of the region’s most remote homes and businesses with the kind of speedy broadband they so desperately need.

Currently, the broadband speeds in some of the more isolated rural areas of the Scottish Highlands is unable to reach much above 10Mbps.

“Given the facility exists, it’s madness to limit the broadband to such a small pool,” said Mountain in an interview with a major Scottish newspaper. “It has never been more important for Highland communities to be able to access quick, efficient internet and this seems to be a golden opportunity to do just that.”

Mostly, the SSEN’s fibre optic connection is used in order to provide remote access and control to substations and other such important centres which may be located far away from any office. 

SSEN have issued a statement in reply to Mountain’s request stating that “Any such access would be dependent on the availability of capacity, securing relevant consents and any operational requirements relayed to SSEN’s primary responsibility for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to customers.”

Source: The Press and Journal

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