Residents living in Aberdeenshire are less likely to have access to superfast broadband than almost anywhere else on the Scottish mainland, according to figures provided by the Scottish Government to Mike Rumbles MSP and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this morning.
Only 82.4% of homes in the Aberdeenshire Council area have access to internet speeds of 30Mbps or above. Other than island communities only the Highland region has fewer homes with access to superfast broadband at 79.9%.
North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “There are significant challenges to developing broadband infrastructure for rural communities but what these figures highlight is that the Scottish Government has consistently put Aberdeenshire and the North East at the back of the queue for investment.
“Less than a quarter of all public funding in Scotland for fibre broadband has come from the Scottish Government, with the vast amount of investment being delivered through Broadband Development UK, local councils and HIE. Scottish Ministers have promised to deliver full superfast coverage by 2021 but meeting that target becomes less likely every month that goes by without action.
“That is simply not good enough for the thousands of homes and businesses that are missing out on the opportunities that come with good connectivity. The SNP must get on with the day job and start making serious progress on improving telecommunications infrastructure in the areas that need it the most.”
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