Highlands worst for Broadband

Highlands worst for broadband on Scottish mainland

Residents living in the Highland Council area have the worst broadband connectivity on the Scottish mainland, according to figures provided by the Scottish Government to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this morning.

Only 79.9% of homes in the Highland Council area have access to internet speeds of 30Mbps or above. In Edinburgh and Glasgow, the figures are 98.6% and 98.7% respectively.

Other than island communities no region has worse connectivity.

Commenting Jamie Stone said:

“These figures show that the Scottish Government is failing to recognise the disparities felt across the country when it comes to broadband connectivity.

“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.

“While the power to legislation is reserved to the UK Government, the Scottish Government is responsible for the practical delivery of broadband and today’s figures show that both the Tories and the SNP are failing my constituents when it comes to connectivity.

“This is simply not good enough. The SNP must get on with their day job and start making serious progress on improving telecommunications infrastructure in the areas that need it most.”

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