Shetland MSP meets satellite broadband provider to discuss rollout

Friday, January 25th 2013
Tavish Scott has discussed ways to improve connectivity across Shetland with a satellite broadband firm.
Shetland MSP meets satellite broadband provider to discuss rollout
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has met with a satellite broadband provider to discuss whether the service would prove effective in his constituency.

The talks centred on coming up with the most appropriate way for public funding to be used to support the rollout of faster broadband services across the islands, reports the Shetland Times.

Some £363 million has been allocated to Scottish councils and private enterprise partnerships by the UK government to improve connectivity, while £120 million has been awarded to the Highlands and Islands. A further £5 million is available to help increase broadband speeds in some of Scotland's most remote communities.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Scott explained it would provide him with "a much clearer idea of how this money should be best used".

Furthermore, the satellite broadband provider would be able to give advice on the limitations of the current national infrastructure and ways to ensure rural residents are able to access fast broadband at a reasonable price, he added.

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