Blairgowrie will benefit from new high-speed fibre-optic broadband by next spring, according to an announcement by telecoms giant BT.
Around 4300 local homes and businesses will be included in BT’s £2.5 billion commercial roll-out of the technology throughout the UK and, across Scotland, around 291,000 homes and businesses will receive a boost.
Perth and Kinross Council Leader Ian Miller said the move would assist local businesses.
SNP Strathmore councillor Mr Miller said: “I think local firms and households will be encouraged by such a major investment, which demonstrates that there is commitment to making progress and improving access to valuable technology.
“It will help to reinforce the strong credentials of Perth and Kinross as a great place to live and do business. High speed communications have never been more vital in order to succeed in an ever more competitive and connected world.”
Local SNP MSP John Swinney added: “This is recognition of the key role high-quality internet access has for communities and it is a great boost that it is coming to Blairgowrie.”
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser welcomed the investment, but was keen to stress the importance of broadband availability in the region’s more rural areas.
The Conservative politician explained: “Residents in rural Perthshire suffer some of the slowest connection speeds in Scotland and, for every Blairgowrie resident set to benefit from this investment there will be a rural resident without access to even basic broadband.
“However, in the battle to provide Scotland with the best possible digital services this news is a step in the right direction and I will continue to press the Scottish Government to step-up their ‘Digital Ambition 2015’ efforts.”