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East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald urges constituents to connect to high-speed broadband

EAST Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald has praised the rollout of high-speed broadband in her constituency. The 410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme has enabled over 800 Giffnock households and businesses to access high-speed fibre services. More than 620,000 premises across Scotland can now connect to superfast broadband courtesy of the Digital Scotland project led by the Scottish Government and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

East Renfrewshire Council has also had a significant part to play in the introduction of the fibre-based services to the area, working alongside Broadband Delivery UK and the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the

Ms Oswald urged local residents to consider the merits that come with having a high-speed broadband connection which can now be ordered directly through service providers. Speaking from a fibre cabinet on Spiersbridge Road in Thornliebank, she said: “Fibre broadband has an essential role to play in everyone s lives whether at home or in business.

“It s great news that thousands of local people in East Renfrewshire can now connect to this exciting technology if they choose.

“Broadband speed is a subject close to the heart of many of my constituents, and it s good to see today the excellent progress that s being made.

“The arrival of fibre broadband means local people and firms can do more online at faster speeds and on multiple devices and there s lots of evidence to show it boosts the local economy.

“I will continue to support my constituents interest with the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme and I look forward to fibre broadband being rolled out across the rest of the area.”

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to be up-and-running in around 95 per cent of the United Kingdom’s premises by the end of March 2018. It underpins the Scottish Government’s aim to make Scotland a world-class digital nation by 2020.

BT will invest 126 million in the partnership on top of its commercial investment in Scotland.

Mark Dames, head of policy and public affairs at BT Scotland, said: “Across the Openreach network, more than two million Scottish premises can now connect to high-speed fibre broadband and, on average, about one in four households have made the move to the faster speeds now available.

“Driving strong take-up is especially important in areas covered by the Digital Scotland programme, as high adoption rates will trigger the release of further funds for investment into the network.

“We very much welcome Kirsten Oswald s efforts to highlight the many benefits this technology offers to her constituents.”

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