Forres switches on to Superfast Broadband – but Lossie must wait

Forres residents can move out of the internet slow lane as BT have announced that their Superfast rollout is ready to accept orders in the town.

However, residents in Lossiemouth – who had been told their high-speed service would be in place by March – are still waiting as the date has been pushed back in successive months.

Homes and businesses in Forres are being invited to apply to their existing service providers to find out if they are close enough to the exchange to upgrade to the new service, which provides speeds up to five times faster than currently available.

The upgrade is part of a rural rollout throughout the Highlands and Islands – it was announced in January that most exchanges being upgraded should be available by the end of this summer.

Part of a £146million project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and delivered by BT, around 84% of homes and businesses throughout the region should be able to connect to the high-speed digital network, making it easier to obtain additional services such as online television.

While work on upgrading the Forres exchange was completed this week, customers in nearby Findhorn must also wait a little bit longer with that exchange not expected to be upgraded before June.

Nobody was available at BT this morning to explain why Lossiemouth residents have had to wait months longer than was first expected.

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