Superfast broadband ‘to transform rural Scotland’

Laura Paterson

About 245,000 premises in Scotland cannot access superfast broadband. -PA

A GBP600 million investment in superfast broadband will “transform the economic prospects of rural Scotland”, MSPs have been told. The cash forms part of a plan to extend the technology to all homes and businesses by 2021. Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s rural economy minister, said the initial phase would focus on rural areas as he believed that coverage gaps in cities “should be filled by commercial suppliers”.

He said he expected suppliers to be ready by the spring of 2019. He said: “[This] is fantastic news and a real statement of intent to make Scotland a world-class digital nation.” About 245,000 premises in Scotland cannot access superfast broadband.

Peter Chapman, a Conservative MSP, said that England had 92 per cent coverage compared with Scotland’s 87 per…

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