New analysis from Which? has today revealed that several of Scotland’s rural and island local authorities remain at the bottom of the table for internet speeds, including Orkney, Shetland and Argyll and Bute.
Orkney has an average speed of just 3mbps - the worst in the UK. Meanwhile, Shetland averages 6.7mbps (the third worst), followed by Argyll and Bute (7mbps), Moray (7.1mbps), Highland (8.9), Borders (9.3), and Aberdeenshire and Perth & Kinross (both 10.1mbps)
Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“While big cities are on the information superhighway, Scotland’s rural and island communities are left with the internet equivalent of a single track road.
“The SNP promised 100% coverage of superfast broadband will be in place in a matter of months but vast swathes of the country still remain well behind.
“The Scottish and UK governments need to step up the rollout so that businesses and communities can flourish in all parts of Scotland.”
Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, added:
“These figures will make difficult reading for both of Scotland’s Governments as they show the digital divide between the Northern Isles and the Central belt is getting wider, not narrower.
"The Scottish Government are about to launch their procurement for the next phase of broadband roll-out, and anything other than a focus on Scotland’s rural and islands communities would be a betrayal of their commitments to deliver reliable superfast broadband across the country.”