No, this isn’t about over-consumption of Haggis, Scotch pies and deep-fried Mars bars; a deal between the Scottish Executive and BT will see every Scottish household able to access affordable broadband by the end of this year. To combat the problem that telephone exchanges in many smaller isolated communities lack the commercial viability to be converted to cope with broadband, public funding is subsidizing BT’s investment.
In even more distant locations like the Western Isles wireless projects are being implemented to ensure that no-one is left without high speed internet access. Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace said "We made a commitment in our Partnership Agreement to ensure that every community in Scotland has access to broadband by the end of 2005. We are now well on the way to delivering on this."