Staffin’s broadband shortcomings feature on TV

STAFFIN featured prominently in a national television broadcast on Tuesday night about the community’s sluggish internet speeds.

Nick Wakeham of Skyelight Candles shop/workshop in Garafad and Donald MacDonald of the Staffin Community Trust both appeared on BBC ALBA’s respected An Là news programme to discuss the current service in the district, amid hopes that a new scheme can secure superfast broadband for the whole area.

John White of Kilmuir’s outdoor activity business Whitewave also appeared on the news report by BBC ALBA’s Eilidh MacLeod. It comes after a well-attended meeting was held in Kilmuir Hall last week was hosted by the North Skye Broadband Project when residents in Trotternish outlined their current internet speeds, amid several complaints about slow broadband. The project, which is being led by Glendale Trust, is investigating current online speeds in its own community, Kilmuir and Waternish.

Nick Wakeham.

Nick Wakeham.

Staffin WILL be included in the superfast roll out. However, that will only mean homes and businesses which are close to the exchange in Staffin, opposite the primary school, are likely to get it. Beyond the hill, past Dunmar, heading south to Portree it is unlikely that Elishadder, Valtos, Culnacnoc, Grealin and Lealt will get superfast. On the other other side of Staffin, townships like Flodigarry, Digg, Glasphein, etc are also likely to miss out, as it gets slower the further away the premises are from the exchange. That makes it vital for as many Staffin people to fill in the North Skye Broadband Project’s short online survey a picture of the internet speed in the area can be investigated.

The news report on Staffin can be watched via the link below (if your broadband is fast enough) -the report starts about five minutes into the programme.

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