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Tegola Broadband Access for Remote Highlands and Islands Communities

That the Parliament recognises the benefits and opportunities for providing high quality, low cost, wireless broadband to the remote communities in the Highlands and Islands; considers that the Tegola project, which is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands and built by the communities of Arnisdale and Knoydart, has conclusively demonstrated the economic and social benefits of reliable internet connections; notes that in October 2011, when telephone lines to the area were completely knocked out by lightning strikes, the residents were able to maintain communications with the outside world through the Tegola network and that emergency health services to a much wider area were diverted through Tegola, and considers that establishing the infrastructure to enable communities to build such networks should be a government priority.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Liam McArthur, Jamie McGrigor, Mike MacKenzie, Jackie Baillie, Hugh Henry, Gil Paterson, Lewis Macdonald, Dave Thompson, Jean Urquhart

Current Status: Fallen on 26/01/2012
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