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June 15, 2009

Council to offer 21CN to the islands


by David Allen

The Shetland Islands Council (SIC) is planning to provide 21CN to the island following a decision to spend thousands of pounds on researching how to provide the islanders with a viable and fast broadband service.

The SIC is thinking of spending something in the region of £60,000 to help fund the research into the viability of providing a modern broadband service, by connecting the islands phone network to a fibre optic cable in the village of Maywick.

This cable was laid in 2008, but has not been connected to the island network.

BT has leased capacity in the cable but to date has no plans to use it and has none in the future either.

It seems such a waste of technology, that the islanders are tempted to utilise the cable to provide the islands with state of the art broadband services, hence the research.

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