Hacked off with Staffin and Kilmuir’s broadband speed?

A NEW online survey – which will investigate the broadband speed in Trotternish – is now live, as efforts to secure a high speed internet connection gather speed.

Businesses and residents in Staffin and Kilmuir are being urged to complete the short survey, which only takes two minutes, so that an accurate picture of the current broadband service in the peninsula can be measured.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Glendalecommunitybroadband

It comes as the North Skye Broadband Project, which is being led by Glendale Community Trust, is hosting a key meeting in Kilmuir to discuss the scheme’s objectives.

The Stafin Trust is fully supportive of the project and urges everybody to take part in the survey and attend the meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 7.30pm in Kilmuir Hall.

Elgar Finlay, Glendale’s local development officer, said completing the survey was very important. He said: “To ensure the success of the project and increase the likelihood of securing superfast broadband for the area, it’s absolutely critical that we receive as many completed surveys as possible.”

Mr Finlay said the survey results would prove the potential demand for a community broadband project in Duntulm, Waternish and Glendale and their catchment areas.

If anybody would like a hardcopy of the survey they can be sent out and will also be made available at the Kilmuir meeting.

Fast broadband is vital for Staffin economy.

Fast broadband is vital for Staffin economy.

Similar projects have already begun on other islands incldung Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Luing, Lismore, Jura, Craignish and Islay. The North Skye project was set up in response to concerns that swathes of Skye, including Staffin and Kilmuir, will miss out on superfast broadband, which is currently being rolled out in other parts of the country by BT.

The Staffin Trust shares its Glendale counterparts’ view that reliable next generation broadband is vital for our communities’ economic futures and do not want to miss out on an opportunity to secure this much needed infrastructure.