A high-tech Lancaster firm was chosen to roll out a new rural broadband network in Scotland.
The Networking People (TNP) worked with Stirling Council to give 17 schools, two libraries and 24 offices access to much-needed high-speed internet.
The council now has its own carrier-class microwave technology, which it is hoped will transform the working lives of teachers and pupils.
TNP director Chris Wade said: “Rural connectivity in Scotland has become something of a specialism for us.
“Stirling posed some interesting challenges, with a majority of the population residing in the city and the rest spread over a vast and sparsely-populated area.”
One primary school went from a 512KB to a 10MB broadband connection, allowing it to use key online video resources for the first time.
In some cases, engineers were installing services into buildings which had no internet infrastructure at all.
Stirling Council ICT infrastructure manager Alan MacDonald said the project had given the region’s schools and nurseries better access to learning and teaching resources.
He added: “This kind of technology has become much more affordable and allows us to provide these valuable and much-needed improvements at a cost that is value-for-money for the county.”