Project on Track to Revolutionise Local Internet Connectivity
Local MP Alyn Smith has visited site works in Cowie, as part of a wider project to connect Stirling’s Eastern Villages to high-speed internet infrastructure.
Lothian Broadband Networks – one of Scotland’s leading providers of rural fibre broadband networks – are undertaking a combination of street and pole work to ensure access across the villages, in close partnership with Stirling Council.
The project build commenced this month, with full-fibre gigabit service scheduled to be available in Cowie by the end of September, Plean by the end of October and Fallin by the end of December – providing more than 3,400 properties the opportunity to connect.
Lothian Broadband will also install and supply a fibre service to at least 4 community facilities in the area, and provide a social tariff which will offer cheaper broadband packages for residents claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits.
Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘It’s great to see real progress made in delivering better broadband and internet connectivity in our Eastern Villages. Operations are running smoothly, and with so much of modern-life relying on high-speed internet it’s great to see Cowie, Plean and Fallin included in Stirling’s digital future.
‘I’d like to thank Lothian Broadband Networks for the tour of their works in Cowie, and for the community’s commendable patience with the understandably disruptive nature of these works. Engineers have been working hard to minimise any issues and have worked extensively with Stirling Council to ensure work is safe, timely and tidy. I look forward to seeing the project completed and the first users online before the end of the year.’
Gavin Rodgers, Chief Executive of Lothian Broadband Networks, said:
‘This is a really exciting project, and one where we’re extremely lucky to have the support of key stakeholders such as Alyn, Stirling Council and local residents. Digital infrastructure is crucial for the economy, communities and commerce of the future, and we’re privileged to play our part in bringing fibre to Cowie, Plean and Fallin. We’re working hard to minimise disruption, and with things on track we should have the build completed by the end of 2023. High-speed, quality internet is essential in modern life, and we’re glad to deploy our expertise to connect Stirling’s communities.’
Notes: Pictured is Alyn Smith MP with Gareth Hughes – LBN Director of Engineering, Ben Donaldson – LBN Build Assurance Engineer and James McLaughlin – C-Plan Commercial Manager