EU Broadband Study Visit


Having been successful with a bid to the Rural Broadband Challenge Fund to build a fast-speed wireless broadband network in part of its area, called ClacksMax, the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group was keen to ensure that businesses and communities were able to maximise the benefits of fast-speed broadband. It was felt that awareness raising activity and learning needed to take place in parallel to the ‘infrastructure’, specifically on the benefits of braodband. A secondary objective was to understand how countries larger than Scotland, but with comparable populations could build broadband networks that were the envy of Europe.

To meet this objective, LEADER funding was used to design a study tour to explore how communities, charities, enterprises and public sector bodies can establish local superfast broadband provision and make use of superfast broadband. Additional funding was secured from the Department of Culture and Media at the UK Government.

Key outcomes of the visit was the creation of ‘broadband champions’ in the Forth Valley, and the production of two short video productions, one on the learning of the visit (specific to the Forth Valley) and one on the wider benefits of next generation broadband to business, particularly SMEs. The objective was to circulate these awareness raising materials as widely as possible through the participants’ respective networks in the Forth Valley.


“The quality of the materials produced as a result of the visit capture so well the learning gleaned from this visit. Next Generation Broadband is hardly the easiest of topics to fully understand, as we were not ‘techy’ people, far from it, but meeting such a wide range of knowledgeable people who were keen to share with us what they have learnt, and showing us what a difference next generation broadband has made to their lives, this really made the difference to our understanding of the topic. It really was quite inspirational to see what can be achieved to overcome lack of access to fast-speed broadband, when communities and businesses come together to find a solution to a common problem” Anne-Michelle Ketteridge, Programme Manager at Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER.

  • Status
  • Completed
  • Project Launch
  • 01 January 2012
  • Project completed
  • 31 March 2012
broadband community learning wireless networks

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