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Scotland Hits 95% Broadband Target

Published date : 19 Apr 2018

SCOTLAND HITS 95% FIBRE BROADBAND TARGET

MSP Jeane Freeman has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has already exceeded its Programme for Government pledge to deliver fibre broadband to more than 95% of premises in Scotland but says more still need to be done in rural areas.

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme is being delivered through two projects – the first covering the Highlands and Islands and the second covering the rest of Scotland.

The project covering ‘the Rest of Scotland’ is valued at £264 million and led by the Scottish Government with funding from BT Group, local authorities, the EU via the European Regional Development Fund as well as the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

Following the success of the current programme, which saw stronger than expected take-up figures, additional funds of £17.9 million are being reinvested back into the programme so that thousands more homes and businesses will benefit by an extended build throughout 2018. 

Commenting, MSP Jeane Freeman for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley said:

“Its good news that the we have already exceeded our Programme for Government 2017-18 target of ensuring 95% of homes and businesses have access to fibre broadband but for many of my constituents in rural areas work still need to be done.

“The DSSB project is the most ambitious fibre infrastructure programme in the whole of Europe that has already connected 890,000 premises in Scotland and without which, it is estimated only 66% of Scotland would be able to receive fibre broadband.

“The Scottish Government is setting its sights even higher pledging to deliver access speeds of at least 30Mbps to 100% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2021 in a project worth £600m. We will not rest until that final 5% of households are connected.”

Constituents in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley who want to find out more or would like to discuss further roll out plans to areas not currently receiving superfast broadband can attend a drop in event in Coylton Church Hall on Monday 14th May between 4pm and 6pm hosted by Jeane Freeman MSP where representatives from DSSB and Openreach will be available to answer your queries.

ENDS

 Notes to the editors

https://news.gov.scot/news/95-percent-broadband-coverage

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