this project is now complete
The quality of broadband provision within UCT’s remit area varies significantly. In the village itself service is generally adequate however from discussions with residents it is clear that broadband provision is very poor in some outlying communities. This is a significant issue as broadband is critical to rural areas as it supports employment opportunities and offers a vital communication link.
However due to their size and location rural communities are often overlooked for broadband investment. As a result several Scottish communities including Eigg and Knoydart have developed small-scale, community owned broadband networks which relay signals from areas of good broadband provisions to areas with little or no service.
In 2013 Ullapool Community Trust conducted a questionnaire of the broadband provision in the outlying communities such as Dundonnell, Strathkanaird and Elphin. A focus group was also set up to examine potential funding sources that would enable a feasibility or pilot study to be carried out.