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Edinburgh super-fast broadband plans hailed by MP

Monday, August 13th 2012
Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart has hailed plans to bring super-fast broadband to the city.
Edinburgh super-fast broadband plans hailed by MP
Plans to bring super-fast broadband to Edinburgh have been welcomed by an MP for the city.

Mike Crockart, MP for Edinburgh West, said the city council's move "is very good news for the city", the Scotsman reports.

Earlier this week the local authority submitted a plan to turn Edinburgh into a 'super-connected city', including upgrades to infrastructure that will result in 90 per cent of its population having access to broadband services by 2015.

Wireless hotspots will be installed in parks, squares and other public spaces, with funding for the project - which is expected to cost as much as £11 million - coming from the UK government.

Mr Crockart, who has been campaigning for better broadband services in the west of the city for the past year, said rural communities will especially benefit from the move.

"I understand the urgently needed upgrade to the Kirkliston exchange will be carried out under the programme, giving residents and businesses the quick and reliable broadband they need in the 21st century," he stated.

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