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Bid to end slow broadband frustrations in Strathspey

By Gavin Musgrove

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Information sessions and Q&As will be held this Wednesday in Grantown to detail next steps.
Information sessions and Q&As will be held this Wednesday in Grantown to detail next steps.

Q&A sessions are to be held to share more on a project to deliver a gigabit-capable broadband network to homes and businesses in Grantown and potentially across Strathspey.

Those attending will be able to hear more from Destination Digital on their StrathspeyNow plans.

Project leaders will present the build plans of the gigabit-capable wireless network and answer questions on the next steps to connect more people with faster broadband.

The event runs from 2pm to 7pm – and the organisers have created an Eventbrite link for the day that allows those interested to register for any one of six time slots.

Each hour long event will include a presentation to update all – followed by a Q&A session. If anyone requires more time, there is a pledge to follow up individually beyond the event.

Simon Baldwin, of Destination Digital, said: “Our build programme is starting and we want to answer questions from those who are interested and look to encourage others to sign up.

“The online booking for the event will ensure we not only have everyone’s details but it will also help us and the venue to comply with all the necessary access requirements.”

The concentration of properties registered so far has been from in and around the project’s hub in Grantown.

Grantown Society spokesman John Halliday said: “We urge all who are interested to book a slot and come along. Anyone who lives locally and has been plagued by poor connectivity will know its value and importance.

“We have been working in support of this initiative for almost four years. We are delighted to have got to this stage – and we hope to see homes and businesses benefiting very soon from the innovative, wireless connectivity.”

He added: “We know what Destination Digital’s award-winning work is delivering elsewhere and we want Grantown and the whole of Strathspey to benefit in the same way.

“The company is acting independently to build this project. We hope all who are interested in improved broadband – and in a resulting network that will deliver additional benefits to our own communities – will book a time.”

The community Q&A will be held at the Grant Arms in Grantown on Wednesday. More details here

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