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The Shetland Islands Council (SIC) is planning to spend thousands of pounds on broadband research.

According to local newspaper the Shetland Times, the SIC will provide £60,000 to fund a study that will investigate the possibility of connecting the islands' telecoms network to a fibre optic cable in the village of Maywick.

The cable was laid last year and Council Chief Executive David Clark believes it is an "absolute travesty" that it still hasn't been connected to the island-wide network.

BT has the lease capacity on the cable but it appears that the broadband provider is not planning to do anything with it for the foreseeable future.

The research project will look into ways in which the cable could be connected to a "point of presence" in Lerwick.

Mr Clark told the newspaper: "It's absolutely critical that we move forward and if people aren't interested in working with us to do so we'll find others who will.

"I find the position bizarre, but I'm not going to sit back complaining - we're going to be proactive in getting out and finding a solution. It's fundamental to our economic strategy."

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