Rural communities at the back of the queue for digital jobs

Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson on digital connectivity Mike Rumbles MSPs has today urged the Scottish Government to stop focusing on warm words and demonstrate real progress for rural communities by completing 100% coverage of superfast broadband.

Speaking during a debate on Scotland’s Digital Economy in the Scottish Parliament today, the North East MSP reminded the minister that the SNP’s original deadline for delivering the R100 programme was during this Parliament, not the end of 2021.

Mr Rumbles said: 

“We are now half way through this Parliament and progress, so far, has been glacial. I want to know what the Scottish Government is doing to deliver on its commitment to connect the thousands of homes and businesses that have been left behind?

“Rural and remote communities have the most to gain from digital inclusion, both economically and socially. In rural areas such as Aberdeenshire, communities and businesses have not had anywhere near the same level of access to digital technology, with many homes barely able to access the internet. 

“As long as we are at the back of the queue for technological development the North East will be missing out on new digital jobs and industries. The Scottish Government needs to get off its screensaver and login.” 


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