In a question and answer session in the Scottish Parliament today, the government’s Cabinet Secretary for Connectivity was unable to provide a clear answer to North East MSP Mike Rumbles about when residents and businesses in rural Aberdeenshire would have access to a timetable for the rollout of superfast broadband across the region.
Under the Scottish Government’s R100 programme every home in Scotland has been promised internet speeds of 30Mbps or more by 2021. At present, however, many communities in Aberdeenshire struggle to access speeds of even 1 or 2Mbps and recent reports by ThinkBroadband show that very few homes can access 30Mbps or more.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government has less than four years to deliver on promises given in 2011 on superfast broadband, but at present we do not even have a clear date for when the timetable for the rollout will be published.
“Many homes in rural communities in the North East struggle to access adequate internet speeds of even 10mbps and very few receive the kind of speeds promised by the Scottish Government. I think most people are fed up of hearing promises on broadband but seeing no improvement whatsoever.
“I welcome the limited investment that has been made so far through the Digital Scotland programme but we need investment and action to begin now, not in one or two years’ time.”
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- Information on access can be found on the thinkbroadbank website:https://labs2.thinkbroadband.com/local/