As with many rural communities, Keir, Penpont and Tynron are blighted by sporadic broadband and mobile cover. The Broadband Group was established to address the issue of poor service and reception within the area.
Although many residents are receiving – or are due to receive – high broadband speeds, it is far from the case for those some distance from fibre enabled cabinets and those is more remote areas. Covid 19 has made this issue more urgent with many more people working from home and children having to access schoolwork through the internet.
Much has been made nationally of the Scottish Government’s R100 programme to connect every property to a reliable service. Our Broadband group has been attempting to establish future plans in line with this but it has found it problematic in accessing the information on where and when these improvements are to take place. We continue to correspond with service providers and lobby local and national politicians and will continue to do so until we get answers!
The group’s first task was to create a leaflet that provided tips and advice that people at home could easily try for themselves to improve their broadband signal. These are available at the Trust base as well as the shop in Penpont. Copies can be requested via e-mail or downloaded here.
The Broadband group is investigating whether broadband can be provided in each of the three community halls which would give each area a wi-fi hot-spot.