Rumbles: Government must improve “woeful” broadband

Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that rural communities are being left behind after new research revealed that three Scottish local authority areas have been ranked as the worst places in the UK for broadband speeds.

According to research by consumer rights organisation Which? of 389 areas in the UK, the Orkney Islands finished at the foot of the table with an average test speed of just 6.3Mbps. They are followed by the Shetland Islands (8.4Mbps), with Highland (8.8Mbps) third from bottom.

Mr Rumbles said:

“A promise to deliver 100% broadband coverage by 2021 is all well and good but this new research confirms that rural communities are being left behind.

“These levels of connectivity are woefully inadequate. Despite new technologies being developed and speeds for some getting faster and faster, businesses and residents outside of our cities have too often been at the back of the queue for improvements.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeatedly warned that both of Scotland’s government and providers must finally prioritise areas like the Northern Isles, Highlands and the North East. That’s why we need a firm commitment from them on timescale and resources so that people know they won’t be left in the technological dark ages.”

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