Scottish Government roll back on broadband promise
The SNP’s 2016 election campaign promised “to deliver superfast broadband to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021”.
However, in response to a parliamentary question by a Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP, the minister responsible for delivering the Scottish Government’s R100 programme has rolled back on the 2021 target for the project, admitting that it would be ‘challenging’ to meet the government’s previous commitment.
The power to legislate for telecommunications is reserved to the UK Government but the devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for the practical delivery of broadband roll-out and the SNP pledged 100% access to superfast broadband in the 2015 election.
Commenting Jamie said:
“The Scottish Government continue to fail my constituents when it comes to broadband.
“A lack of access to functioning, let alone superfast, broadband in the Far North greatly disadvantages Universal Credit claimants, farmers and crofters, businesses – all who desperately need quality online access.
“The target of 2021 has already slipped back once and with only 2 years left to deliver the programme the contractors are not even in place to start the work.
“Constituents continue to contact me about their poor, or even non-existent broadband and they deserve better than failed SNP promises.”