"I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity and fibre broadband will play a key role in enhancing our digital offering.
"The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015.
"This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved. "
"This latest investment is a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s future success. It will be a key part of our economic revival as we finally shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a better, more prosperous future.
"This exciting technology will transform on-line education, training and leisure for households and enhance the competitiveness of local firms.
"BT has now announced plans to make fibre broadband available to around 1.45 million Scottish homes and businesses. Reaching that target will be a substantial achievement"
More top news
Gusty winds could cause problems overnight.
A 32-year-old woman from Whitehaven has been jailed and banned from keeping animals for life, after neglecting her pet dog, Charlie.
Residents are being asked for feedback on how to improve transport networks in the region, following a landmark Transport Summit.