The UK Parliament Scottish Affairs Cttee is holding an inquiry on broadband and mobile coverage in Scotland and is inviting written evidence to be submitted by the end of this month (January).

At a meeting of the Borders Community Broadband (BCB) Project Board on 28th August it was agreed unanimously that the CBS / BCB Project should not progress any further, as the risks to successful project delivery using the Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) contract model had become much too high. Instead, the Board agreed in principle to opt-in to the national “R100” delivery programme, subject to some additional checks to make sure this was the right approach.

 

So everyone, it's all going quite well! We have had confirmation that our capital grant offer from CBS now stands at £1.9 million. We've been awarded £20,000 by the Langhope Rig fund to support the procurement process. SBC have given £11k to support the option appraisal process, soon to be completed.

The Project Team met in Midlem to further the Broadband project. See notes in the Documents Section.

Meeting  No 1 - 2nd December 16 - 2pm at Midlem

Present: P. Tabor (PT), Callum Hay (CJH) (acting chair), Clare Hay (CEMH)(note), O. Jackson (OJ), V. Davidson (VD), G.Harrison (GH), D. Pollard (DP).

Apologies Chantal Geyer (Community Broadband Scotland)

Pip had attended.

Notes will appear on the RP website (http://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/) Main issues to note: we need to set up a meeting with Amanda plus ideally a B4RN rep to hear about developments there).