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Broadband television for islands
Computer keyboard and mouse
Broadband has been rolled out across the islands
Broadband technology is to be used to give islanders access to locally produced television programmes through their PCs.

Western Isles Council, Western Isles Enterprise and other project partners, have received funding from Europe's LEADER+ initiative.

A pilot service will be run between 2006/07 to gauge the level interest from residents.

A website will provide a link to Hebrides TV.

The project's backers believe a wide range of local activity, events and local news could be filmed and made available online.

Site content

Consultants will liaise with community groups and voluntary sector to identify and encourage content for the site.

Last December, the Scottish Executive announced that a project which aimed to give every community in Scotland access to broadband services had been completed.

Over eight months some 378 remote and rural telephone exchanges - a third of the Scottish total - have been upgraded.

The executive said the scheme would bring "far-reaching" business and educational benefits.

The project was part of the executive's 24m broadband initiative, run in partnership with BT.




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