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There were an amazing range of projects nominated for a Communications Rural Innovators Award from across rural Scotland. Three projects have been shortlisted for this category. Vote for the project you find the most innovative and inspiring (click on the project you want to vote for, then click 'vote': Lothian Broadband- Closing the digital divide in Scotland:The project has evolved immensely over its ten year existence, technologically and organisationally, overcoming many hurdles in the process.We provide a solution to many who have found themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide, a bridge to the modern world.Even more are waiting for us to complete our infrastructure so that they too can leave behind slow or no internet connectivity.1,020 Votes (49.95%)Locheilnet CiC-Connecting Communities: Locheilnet CiC, located near Fort William in Lochaber, is a community broadband provider. Nearing our second year in operation, we have created an infrastructure which is currently providing an affordable high speed internet connection to over 230 customers in areas where commercial providers could not offer such a service. Our network has been designed and built by community volunteers and a few contracted local installers, funded by various organisations, local as well as national, and is supported and maintained using skills from within the community.58 Votes (2.84%)Isle of Coll-Community Telecoms Mast: The remoteness of the Isle of Coll meant there had never been mobile reception due to the mobile network operators not wanting to deploy their mobile services using their standard business models. Working in partnership with numerous stakeholders, SFT developed an innovative and sustainable solution using a community owned telecoms mast (funded by Scottish Government), now owned and maintained by Development Coll, with the mobile service supplied by Vodafone. 964 Votes (47.21%)
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