Call for broadband

Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North & Mearns, has called on the Scottish Government to look for ways to improve broadband services in rural areas.

In a question to Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Mr Don asked what can be done to bring places such as the Angus Glens up to speed.

Mr Don said: “While I entirely approve of faster broadband for large population centres.

“I wonder if that should be the priority right now. Many areas of Angus and Aberdeenshire are struggling to get any kind of broadband.

“I’d argue that these are the areas which would benefit most from a decent broadband connection. With the decline of postal services, disappearing local shops and inadequate public transport services in many areas, the internet is becoming a vital means of communication for rural citizens. But the speed is just not there in many places to make business over the world wide web practical, and this is hugely frustrating.

“Broadband providers say they are striving to bring super fast broadband to 90% of the population.

“That’s fine, but bringing useful broadband to 100% of the people is more urgent. I know the Cabinet Secretary understands this problem and while communications are still largely a matter for Westminster, I am hoping Mr Neil can take some action to address this issue.”