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Residents of Northbay on the isle of Barra have expressed their discontent at new proposals to bring wireless broadband to the area.

According to Neil MacNeil, writing for local paper Guth Bharraidh, more than 700 letters have been sent to various officials in opposition to the Connected Communities (ConCom) wireless project.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said the £60,000 ConCom scheme was the best solution for the island earlier this week.

However, residents have sought an upgrade to the local BT exchanges in order to deliver broadband services.

Mr MacNeil suggested that an infrastructural upgrade would deliver more universal access at a lower price.

"ConCom cannot give the people of Northbay 100 per cent broadband coverage and has stated so. The BT exchange can," he commented.

He added that residents felt "badly let down" by the initiative, which will see residents paying nearly £25 per month for 1 Mbps broadband services.

In total, nearly £6.5 million has been spent on the ConCom project, which aims to deliver broadband access throughout remote areas of Scotland.

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