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The Scottish Government is aiming to improve broadband services in some of the country's remotest areas through a new £5 million investment.

Funding will be routed through the Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) organisation - created to ensure entire Scotland has world class broadband infrastructure by the end of this decade.

CBS is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, COSLA and local authorities.

It will act as a one-stop-shop for rural community groups, providing them with information and advice to find solutions for broadband delivery in their areas.

A new telephone helpline and website delivering advice and practical support will be made available from October, while a dedicated team of staff will provide hands-on assistance to groups in need.

"Everyone recognises the importance of access to broadband to ensure that our local communities flourish," said Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment.

"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."

He said the latest 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.

"Increasing access to broadband is a key priority area for the Scottish Government and we are currently progressing plans to develop a world class digital infrastructure by 2020," Mr Neil stated.

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