Loch Duart is helping Sutherland residents with access to broadband services   Loch Duart is helping Sutherland residents with access to broadband services

Scottish salmon farm, Loch Duart, has awarded £14,400 from a local community fund for free wireless broadband for all local residents in the Sutherland village of Scourie.

The funding is being provided from the ‘Salmon Pool Fund’, a partnership between Loch Duart and its feed supplier Cargill Aqua Nutrition. The initiative offers funding to charities and projects which benefit local communities in the areas where Loch Duart farms across Sutherland and the Outer Hebrides.

Mark Warrington, managing director of Loch Duart, said it was vital for people to be connected. “We are proud to be able to help connect these communities through the Salmon Pool Fund which we manage with Cargill Aqua Nutrition,” he said. “This funding will ensure people living in Scourie and the surrounding areas can, for the first time, access high speed internet as fibre services currently do not reach them.”

A recent Ofcom report showed that not all premises in rural locations can get fixed broadband speeds of at least 30 Mbit/s. In the Scottish Highlands one fifth of households still lack this level of access.

“Being connected is so important to the people who live in and around Scourie and it has become even more important during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Helen Houston, development manager of the Scourie Community Development Company which manages the project. “We are thrilled to be receiving £14,400 from the fund and look forward to rolling out this new service later this year.”

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