Businesses urge broadband boost for rural economy

Poor broadband and mobile coverage is a barrier to economic growth in Scotland, business figures have told MPs. The Scottish affairs committee, sitting in Aberdeen yesterday, was told that poor connectivity is also making it more difficult to attract people to live and work in remote and rural areas. Figures from Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, suggest that the percentage of premises in Scotland connected to broadband is lower than the UK average and 4G signal coverage is much poorer than in other parts of the UK.

Charandeep Singh, the head of external relations at Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Digital connectivity is not just important for businesses in day-to-day operations but acts as an important economic enabler.

“Anything that is a barrier to mobile or…

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