THE Borders is set to benefit from £133 million Scottish Government funding, which has been set aside to improve internet connection in the South of Scotland.

Last week it was announced that the cash will be used to help roll out superfast broadband in rural areas.

The plan is part of a £600 million investment scheme which aims to deliver better internet across the country.

Connectivity Secretary at Holyrood Fergus Ewing said: “We have taken the decision not to focus on urban city centre premises in this first phase, but to target investment where it is needed most – in rural and remote Scotland. 

“We are working with the private sector to encourage their own investment in unconnected urban areas, rather than rely on public funds.

“Reaching 100 per cent will not be easy to achieve, however achieve it we must. 

“Fast and reliable digital connectivity is a fundamental expectation of all communities, regardless of location.

“To deliver our ambition, this government is investing £600 million through the Reaching 100 per cent programme – more than any government in the UK has ever invested in broadband.

“I am confident that this procurement approach, funded by our record investment, will put delivery of our unique 100 per cent commitment within touching distance. We are aiming to provide a robust fibre backbone to underpin delivery of superfast broadband for all by the end of 2021.”

The project has been divided into three regions – South (which includes the Borders); The North (Highlands & Islands, Aberdeen, Dundee and Angus) which will receive £384m; and Central (Central Scotland and Fife) which is set to benefit from £83m through the programme.