The Scottish Government and its partners are extending high speed fibre broadband to around 95% of Scotland by the end of March 2018.

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It's sensational for home users

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  • Faster speeds
  • Entertainment on demand
  • Connecting face to face
  • Learn something
  • Everyone together
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It's fantastic news for businesses

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  • Greater productivity
  • Closer relationships
  • Better service and reliability
  • Cloud computing
  • Work anywhere anytime
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Real Life Story: Web Development

SuperControl

SuperControl is an online booking system and management tool used by holiday accommodation businesses in the UK and in more than 30 countries worldwide. The company is based in Castle Douglas and has recently upgraded to fibre broadband.

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Real Life Story: Retail

Bonkers Gift Shop

Bonkers is a gift and card retailer, with town centre stores in St Andrews and Edinburgh. Set up by Lindsey Adam thirty years ago, the business has grown steadily and also now offers online sales to its customer base, who appreciate the refreshingly different, quirky product range.

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Real Life Story: Solicitors

Rollos

Rollos are a long established solicitors and estate agents, with offices in St Andrews, Cupar, Auchtermuchty and Glenrothes. They offer a wide range of legal, financial and property services across Fife, Tayside and further afield, nationally and internationally. Rollos were one of the first businesses to order fibre optic broadband, when it became available in Cupar, which is where the Rollos principal office is based.

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Real Life Story:

Jim Gales

Jim Gales MBE, who lives with his wife Janet and Guide Dog Zeb, in the village of Springfield, near Cupar, has been amazed at the difference fibre broadband has made to him. Jim, who is blind, works from home managing and developing three different organisations that promote sport for people with disabilities in Scotland. These are Disabled Curling Scotland, Vision Impaired Golf Alliance and the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.

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Real Life Story: Digital Inclusion

Silver City Surfers

Silver City Surfers is an innovative charity bringing digital skills to people aged over 55 in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. The organisation runs five free sessions a week in the city, where people can gain confidence in using IT, with one to one tuition from instructors at their own pace, all in a relaxed, social setting. Silver City Surfers are now benefiting from a high speed fibre connection at the Salvation Army Citadel in Aberdeen, where hundreds of people attend their sessions each year.

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Real Life Story: Home user

Alec Wright

Until we got our new superfast fibre connection, it was very difficult because the videos would not stream properly and kept slowing down and stopping. This was really annoying and made it difficult to pay attention and learn. But now we have fibre broadband, it is great! Videos work perfectly and it is also easier to access the school network. 

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Real Life Story: Home business

David Foubister

David Foubister is a web data specialist providing consultancy services from his home office in Huntly in Aberdeenshire. Clients include the Scottish Government and others, mainly within the agriculture, forestry and oil industries.

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Real Life Story: Home business

Fusion Flowers

Alison Bradley and her husband Denis run a multi-award winning magazine about contemporary flower design that sells to customers in 75 countries across the globe. They run the business from a home office in the rural village of Kippen in West Stirlingshire. Since founding the business in 2001, the couple have established an enthusiastic following on every continent, including over 200,000 fans on Facebook and other social media.

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Real Life Story: Home

VivID

Vivienne Seeley set up VivID, a graphic design consultancy, 15 years ago working from her home in St Boswells in the Scottish Borders. The company has gone from strength to strength and Vivienne has clients across the UK as well as many local clients, for whom she designs brand identities, websites and other marketing materials.

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Real Life Story: Business

Val Lawrence

Val, who lives in Quarriers village in Inverclyde, set up as an independent stylist with Stella & Dot in 2012. Stella and Dot, which is an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a San Francisco based social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style jewellery and accessories line is available exclusively online and through in-home Trunk Shows run by their independent stylists.

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Real Life Story: Business

Tom Madden

Tom is Head of Development at D8, a design agency in Glasgow. He lives with his partner Ann and Ann’s 18 year old son, Lewis, in the village of Bridgehouse in West Lothian. He often works from his home office in a wooden cabin at the bottom of the garden, overlooking the pond. Now they have a fibre broadband connection, Tom is able to work from home just as effectively as from the office, boosting his productivity and improving his quality of life.

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Real Life Story: Home

Jim Kleboe

Jim, who is semi-retired, lives in Catrine, a small village near Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire. He has connected to fibre broadband and is thrilled with how much it has improved his experience of the internet.

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Real Life Story: Home

Graeme Blackie

Graeme Blackie lives in Houston in Renfrewshire. He is finding that fibre broadband is making a big difference to him. He says: "Fibre broadband has radically improved the whole digital experience."

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It's a huge challenge - but we can do it!

With Scotland’s mountainous landscape and scattered rural communities, bringing fibre broadband to 95% of premises is not going to be easy! This is a really complex and challenging engineering project. In fact, it’s the most ambitious fibre infrastructure project yet undertaken in Europe.

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