An official report by Audit Scotland on superfast broadband today described targets to reach rural areas as ‘challenging’. The Scottish Government Minister responsible confirmed as much and admitted that more could be done ‘at a Scotland level to extend coverage, particularly to rural areas’.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “The message from the Scottish Government today was clear, be prepared to backtrack on our promise to deliver 100% coverage by 2021.
“No-one ever doubted that delivering superfast broadband to rural and remote communities would be challenging, but this was one of many promises made by the SNP on the run up to the election and now it seems they may not have understood that commitment.
“Most of the welcome improvement in broadband speeds so far has been in urban areas, but the Scottish Government need to prioritise rural communities if they hope to meet their targets. That means investment and real progress now!”
Notes for editors:
- Find the Audit Scotland report at: http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/news/broadband-roll-out-making-good-progress-but-challenges-remain