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Highland Council leader urges for improved digital connectivity across the region


By Gavin Musgrove

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The leader of the Highland Council has written to two UK Ministers making the case for urgent investment in digital connectivity across the Highlands.

Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 043189
Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson. Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 043189

Margaret Davidson has called for the support from Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands and Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland.

She said: “As we look to recover from this pandemic in the Highlands, a key element of that recovery will be to ensure that digital connectivity is available right across the region.

"This will be a critical enabler for individuals, communities and businesses as they get back on their feet.

"I have been frustrated and disappointed by the slow progress of R100 in the Highlands which has been delayed further by a contractual dispute.

"I am therefore really keen to discuss with both the Scottish and UK governments how they can speed up the delivery of a full fibre broadband network for the Highlands.

"The vision behind the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal is to position the city and the Highlands as a region of digital opportunity.

"If that vision is to become a reality, then we need action now.

"It is simply not acceptable that we are disadvantaged by a digital divide. As we recover from this pandemic, the need for a full fibre network across the Highlands has never been more critical to our future.”

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