It has been announced that around 39 000 homes and businesses across Scotland are to get fibre optic broadband, as part of the Digital Scotland partnership.
13 areas of the local authority are set to benefit, and some places will be able to access high speed technology for the first time.
Digital Scotland is a publicly funded development, which is made up of two projects. One project covers the Highlands and Islands, and the other covers the rest of Scotland.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband into rural Scotland is greater than any other part of the UK and indeed, much of Europe.
"It's fantastic news that many rural communities and businesses, from the Highlands to the Borders, will soon begin to see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity, making them more economically viable in the long term."
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