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Aberdeenshire survey reveals huge demand for faster broadband
Residents in Aberdeenshire are keen to access faster broadband, according to a new survey.An Aberdeenshire-wide survey conducted by the county council has revealed overwhelming demand for improved broadband connectivity.
The local authority, which has already pledged to invest up to £18 million in the rollout of faster broadband, must provide evidence that residents and businesses are eager to access the technology in order to unlock additional funding from the government.
Surveys were sent on postcards to every address in the area, with more than ten per cent returned - more than four times the rate for the average mail shot campaign.
Some 98.6 per cent of current broadband customers said they would be interested in subscribing to a faster service, while 81 per cent of respondents without a connection revealed they would consider signing up if one became available in their area.
Due to infrastructure constraints, almost one-fifth of properties in Aberdeenshire have no broadband access.
Peter Argyle, chair of Aberdeenshire Council's infrastructure services committee, said: "There was a fantastic response, which leaves no doubt of the need for better broadband provision in the area."