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 A £5 million fund is going to be used to reduce the gap between broadband speeds in rural and urban areas in Scotland.

The cash injection into the Community Broadband Scotland organisation will help ensure that country dwellers north of the border have access to adequate broadband speeds.

It will be used to provide advice and help to those with poor broadband and communities can also bid for part of the fund to help set up smaller projects to help improve access.

Alex Neil, Infrastructure and Capital Investment Secretary for Holyrood, said: "Broadband should not be considered a luxury in rural areas. It is essential to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the growth of the local economy.

"This investment of £5 million over the next three years will see targeted support being provided to community projects to enable them to deliver broadband solutions for their areas."

The funding comes as part of the Scottish government's plans to have a world-class broadband infrastructure by 2020.

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