Community Broadband Scotland

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 16th September 2015.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

As Tavish Scott is aware, there was enormous frustration in Scotland’s rural communities for many years over the lack of progress in broadband availability. The substantial investment that has been made available over the past couple of years, which is making a huge difference to mainland and island communities, is therefore very welcome. That is why we also set up the specific funds in community broadband Scotland to target the harder-to-reach areas that would not benefit directly from the main investments. We are working hard with the new broadband scheme, which is worth £9 million, as well as the existing community broadband scheme, to allow bespoke solutions to be found in our rural and island communities.