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Holyrood should 'come clean' on broadband, says Highland MSP

By Tom Ramage

Highland areas are being left being "too long" in the country's broadband programme, claims a local MSP.

Rhoda Grant MSP
Rhoda Grant MSP

The complaint arose today (Friday, June 7) from Rhoda Grant, Scottish Labour economy spokesperson.

It came in response to a Scottish Government announcement that the procurement timeline for the "Reaching 100% Broadband" programme was to be extended.

“Many of these delays have been avoidable," she contended.

"The Scottish Government have had ample time to plan, but have sat on their hands and blamed the UK Government – so with the addition of these delays, many people across the country are likely to be left behind for too long.

“I hope that the announcement from Ofcom that everyone will have a legal right to a decent connection from March 2020 is adding much needed extra pressure onto the Government.

“In remote rural areas, digital connectivity is vital to a decent quality of life.

"Any delay to providing superfast broadband to 100 per cent of the population means leaving people behind.

"The Scottish Government should stop hiding behind the detail and come clean.”

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