SNP welcomes rural broadband scheme

Friday, January 17th 2014
The SNP has welcomed the news that Digital Scotland will bring fibre broadband access to thousands of rural premises.
SNP welcomes rural broadband scheme
Representatives from the SNP have praised the announcement from the Digital Scotland project that it will bring fibre broadband to thousands of homes and businesses in rural areas.

It has been revealed that premises located in 13 different local authorities will benefit from the rollout, which will introduce superfast speeds as high as 80 Mbps.

Aberdeen South and North Kincardine MSP Maureen Watt, who is also Convener of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, explained that the upgrade was essential for residents and entrepreneurs across the region, as it would boost their daily lives both socially and in terms of commercial competitiveness.

She commented: "Better speed broadband services are a top priority for local communities, especially in rural areas, making them more economically viable in the long term."

Ms Watt went on to talk about the wider targets of the committee, which is aiming to provide the whole of Scotland with a "world class" next-generation network.

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