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Written Question At Scottish
Parliament 26 January 04
TIREE AND PORT CHARLOTTE HIT
BROADBAND TRIGGER LEVELS 24 January 04
Locals in both communities have carried out a rigorous campaign to ensure the magic number of 100 registrations was reached. In less than three weeks, both exchanges went from having amongst the lowest level of registrations across Argyll to leading the field.
When BT announced it was setting trigger levels of 100 for Port Charlotte and Tiree, many people thought that the levels were too high for small, rural communities but both have risen to the challenge. Now both communities are waiting to hear when BT will install the necessary equipment to upgrade the exchanges and provide a Broadband service to customers.
Mark Jennison, Tiree development manager commented: "Tiree Community Business and the Tiree Development Partnership recently joined forces to run a community wide broadband campaign. This resulted in over 150 registrations of interest with over two-thirds in the area in which BT's ADSL service would be available.
"The community of Tiree is looking forward to seeing the establishment of a broadband service on the Island. Many individual enterprises realise the benefits that such a service will provide to their business, and the community is exploring ways in which the service could lead to new opportunities and enhanced ways of working."
"The challenge now will be to extend the service out with the area available to ADSL to cover all corners of the island and to maximise any financial benefits directly to the local community."
Argyll and the Islands Enterprise (AIE) has also been a driving force behind the campaign to get people to sign up for Broadband. AIE's e-business advisor, Paul O'Brien said: "These two communities have done extremely well and we hope the other exchanges will follow their tremendous example."
Tiree and Port Charlotte are the first of 30 exchanges in Argyll to meet their set trigger levels and will soon join Oban as the only communities in the region with Broadband. Other communities that have their targets in sight are Dunoon with 81 per cent achieved, Tobermory with 75 per cent and Taynuilt with 74 per cent of its required trigger level registrations.