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Edinburgh is to stage the first of a series of roadshows geared toward increasing awareness of digital networking and broadband infrastructure issues.

Supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and ICT trade body ScotlandIS, the NextGen Events conference will take place on May 12th in the Scottish capital.

The event will focus on digital access network strategy plans for Scotland, local community broadband initiatives and reports from other projects ongoing across Europe.

It has been designed with business leaders, local authorities, community project managers and other broadband industry stakeholders in mind.

Marit Hendriks, Events Programme Director at NextGen, said the long-delayed and "now urgent" UK-wide transformation of local digital access networks "adds up to the biggest business-enabling infrastructure project since the switchover from DC to AC electricity".

ScotlandIS Director Polly Purvis said her organisation was determined that Scotland will lead the way in making sure the UK has "the best possible infrastructure for innovation and enterprise".

She said that greater understanding of broadband infrastructure issues can help foster economic growth and community development.

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