Distance-shrinking technology is far more important to small, peripheral communities than it is to urban settlements.  Ensuring every community had access to modern standards of telecommunications was the issue for the HIDB’s largest single investment - to bring ISDN services to the region.  Two decades later HIE’s largest ever investment has brought fibre broadband to the region on a scale that would not otherwise have happened.


At 2015


homes and businesses have access to the fibre based broadband network


project investment has helped 100,000 towns & villages get access to fibre based broadband


of homes and businesses will have access to high speed fibre broadband by the end of 2016



communities are being supported by Community Broadband Scotland to get access to faster broadband