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Broadband: West Lothian

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2010, Official Report, columns 588-89W, on broadband: Scotland, by what date he expects the West Lothian local authority area to begin to benefit from greater availability of superfast broadband.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Parts of West Lothian already have market-led access to superfast broadband-BT's Livingston Station exchange has been enabled to receive its superfast broadband product and Virgin Media's services are also available in the area.

The Government's £530 million of support for broadband rollout is targeted at those areas-predominantly rural and remote-that will not be served by the market in a reasonable timeframe. The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport announced that the next £50 million of the support for broadband rollout will be available to support projects from 2011-with bids expected to be invited in April 2011.

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