James Kelly MSP demands faster broadband for Rutherglen

Friday, August 16th 2013
Rutherglen needs faster internet connectivity, according to local MSP James Kelly.
James Kelly MSP demands faster broadband for Rutherglen
The royal burgh of Rutherglen must not be left lagging in the broadband slow lane, local MSP James Kelly has urged.

BT recently informed the politician that although nearby Blantyre and Cambuslang have already been included in the telecoms giant's superfast broadband rollout, no plans were afoot for upgrades to be carried out in Rutherglen, reports the Rutherglen Reporter.

Mr Kelly, whose new role in the Scottish Parliament as Labour's Infrastructure Spokesman covers broadband, admitted he was dismayed to discover that his constituency would not be benefiting from the deployment.

He described the news as "concerning" for residents and businesses in the royal burgh.

"Fast connections and access to the internet offer huge advantages to local people, in everything from online shopping and banking to entertainment and job searching," the MSP explained.

Louise Humphrey, Head of Scottish affairs at BT Scotland, conceded it was "odd" that an exchange the size of Rutherglen had not been included in the rollout.

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