High Speed Broadband - Doing it for ourselves - Kelso
When: Wednesday 8th May 2013
Where: Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso
Community Broadband Scotland web site:
“Commercial providers will not provide next generation broadband services to everyone. At a UK level it is estimated that the major telecommunication companies will provide a service to about 60% of the population. Public subsidy is therefore required to extend the reach of these services into areas of broadband market failure; often referred to as ‘the final third’.
In Scotland broadband deployment is particularly challenging. The two mainstream rollout programmes should get superfast broadband to about 85-90% of homes and businesses. Communities in the 10-15% ‘harder to reach’ areas are being encouraged to close this gap by developing their own broadband projects.
This is a free event aimed at rural businesses and communities.
10.00 Arrival and registration with refreshments
10.30 Welcome address John Thomson - SUP Convenor
10.40 Demand stimulation at the local level.
A report from the South Scotland Community Broadband Initiative Mairi Henderson - Scottish Enterprise
11.10 Community Broadband Scotland
An update on community broadband activity in South Scotland Alastar Nicolson - Community Broadband Scotland
11.40 Q&A session. Comfort break
12.00 Community engagement
How to go about establishing a partnership that will get it delivered Margaret Simpson MBE - Director Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber
12.50 Q&A session
13.00 Lunch / networking
13.45 Providing broadband to remote sites – the Selkirk Experience Allan Williams - The Networking Company
14.00 Panel session
15.00 Final questions and comments
For further information, or to reserve a place please contact Pip Tabor, Southern Upland Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01750 725154
Consultant (Community Engagement)
Chief Executive's Department
Scottish Borders Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells
Melrose TD6 0SA
Telephone: 01835 826626 (direct line)
Mobile: 07770 646617
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