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The UK Government has this week announced investment of £150 million in providing greater mobile network coverage across rural areas. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey MP Danny Alexander has welcomed the announcement by saying, "Along with the ongoing work to bring improved broadband to all areas of the Highlands, this investment in our mobile signal network is part of a concerted effort to improve rural communication - bringing real benefits both to business and individual users.”

The European Commission has also announced proposals to spend almost €9.2 billion from 2014 to 2020 on pan-European projects to give EU citizens and businesses access to high-speed broadband networks and the services that run on them. The funding, part of the proposed Connecting Europe Facility will take the form of both equity and debt instruments and grants.

Scottish Land & Estates welcomes both announcements and will keep members up to date of any further development.

 

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