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Broadband provider BT is working to upgrade 71 phone exchanges in a bid to improve internet connections in rural areas of Scotland, it has been reported.

Following discussions with the Scottish government, the internet service provider is working to ensure the maximum possible broadband coverage – a major boost to many families with inadequate web services.

Exchanges in Argyll, Ayrshire, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Forth Valley, the Highlands and Islands, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Moray, Orkney, Renfrewshire, Shetland, and Tayside are all being improved, with the first upgrades set to be complete in March 2010.

Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland, said the "burgeoning demand" for broadband has led to capacity problems at some of the operator's small, rural exchanges.

He added: "Thanks to this new initiative, over 70 rural communities across Scotland will benefit from an increase in broadband availability, something that we all recognise is a critical component of any modern society."

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