The Scottish Rural Development Programme will launch a £9m funding programme for broadband in rural areas.
The programme will support community-led fibre broadband projects.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, said: “This scheme takes the available funding for community broadband projects up to £16.5m in Scotland, over and above the £400m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) investment.
“It is another step to achieving the Scottish government’s aim of delivering world-class connectivity by 2020 and enabling people across Scotland to connect any time, any place, anywhere, using any device.”
The scheme will be delivered under the Community Broadband Scotland (CBS), which is administered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Zoe Laird, CBS Director, said: “Our role at CBS is to help communities find innovative solutions and GigaPlus Argyll is a great example of an innovative business model that will bring transformational and robust broadband to the most remote of premises across eight island and mainland communities. The SRDP scheme will enable us to help even more rural communities across Scotland to get digitally connected.”