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Some 4,000 businesses and households north of the border have been connected with broadband thanks to a government initiative.

The Scottish government ploughed £3.3 million into providing broadband-deprived areas with high-speed internet services.

Finance secretary John Swinney underlined the economic advantages of helping companies to gain access to broadband.

He said: "Broadband has fast become an essential tool for companies the length and breadth of Scotland.

"By upgrading our broadband infrastructure, we are helping companies - including those in rural areas - gain a competitive advantage at a time when they need it most."

Mr Swinney was speaking ahead of a visit to Ardgualich Farm near Pitlochry - a campsite which will now be able to offer broadband services to holidaymakers thanks to the investment.

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