Mike Rumbles MSP is calling for a renewed commitment to delivering superfast broadband across the North East after it is revealed that Aberdeenshire has some of the slowest internet speeds in the UK.
According to a study carried out by consumer protection watchdog Which?, the Aberdeenshire council area has the sixth worst ‘test’ speeds of the 32 regions in Scotland, and is placed 365th out of 390 council areas across the UK.
Mr Rumbles said: “There are significant challenges to developing broadband infrastructure in Aberdeenshire and the North East, but what these figures highlight is that The Scottish Government has decided to put our rural communities at the back of the queue for investment.
“Less than a quarter of all public funding in Scotland for superfast broadband has come from the Scottish Government, with the vast amount of investment being delivered through Broadband Development UK, local councils and HIE. They have promised to deliver full coverage by 2021 but of the total investment needed to make that happen only 4% of it has come from the Scottish Government. That is simply not good enough.
“Election after election we have seen grand promises to deliver the badly needed investment to help our rural communities thrive, but we have yet to see any meaningful progress in many parts of our countryside. The SNP must get on with the day job by making a serious commitment to improving telecommunications infrastructure in the areas that need it the most, and putting the funding in place to deliver it.”
Notes to Editors
1. Full list of fastest and slowest areas for broadband in the UK can be accessed HERE.
2. Which? research: Which? analysed data on 719,000 speed tests carried out on Speed Checker Ltd's website between January to March 2017. Local Authorities with less than 100 tests completed were excluded. The data includes tests conducted over mobile networks and some by business users. In this analysis we have used medians to ensure our measure is not susceptible to disproportional influence from outliers in the data.