MSP Alasdair Allan has met Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing
over future plans for the rollout of superfast fibre broadband to the Western Isles.
Since superfast was first brought to the islands in July of 2015, 166 cabinets have
been activated across the islands as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast
Broadband (DSSB) programme.
This has enabled superfast broadband for approximately 75% of the Western Isles,
said the MSP.
Allan raises broadband gap issues
6 Oct 2017
The present programme will come to an end in March of 2018 and plans for the Reaching
100% (R100) programme – which will deliver superfast broadband access to those not
included in the DSSB programme - are currently being worked on.
Alasdair Allan commented: “This was a useful opportunity to discuss the rollout in
the Western Isles so far, and the upcoming R100 procurement. There’s been a huge
amount of progress achieved to date in the islands with around three quarters of
properties now having access to superfast broadband. This would not have been possible
without public intervention.
“However, people who the rollout has not yet reached are understandably anxious to
know when they will be able to get superfast and I will continue to push for more
information on this. I think the next stage of procurement needs to ensure that those
without internet, or with extremely slow speeds, are prioritised.
“Uniquely in the UK, the Scottish Government has given a commitment that 100% of
properties across Scotland will have access to superfast broadband by 2021. This
is despite broadband being an area that is reserved to the UK Government.”