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It is shameful that parts of the Western Isles still have no broadband coverage at all.  Three years ago, I spent a week travelling in the Australian outback camping near tiny townships miles from anywhere – yet I could still get broadband.  The download speed was reasonable and I could keep in regular contact with family and friends.  To say I was completely amazed is an understatement – having been used to no broadband, and so no email, when camping in various parts of the Western Isles.  That situation is unchanged today.


Like residents in other parts of the islands, Grimsay residents are rightly exasperated with no progress in getting the most basic broadband.  Good for them and Labour’s Rhoda Grant MSP to invite Fergus Ewing to see for himself the overwhelming problems this creates. Shameful that Mr Ewing has refused to come.  Is it that the Western Isles are too far away from the favoured Central Belt?  Mr Ewing’s job title shows the vital importance of connectivity with rural economy.  No connectivity, no economic growth - and little wonder that depopulation continues and empty family homes are increasingly becoming holiday homes.


Broadband coverage for the whole of the Western Isles is vital.  The Scottish Government needs to wake up, now, to the fact that our islands will never flourish without this basic essential.


Christine Macsween

8b Shulishader


Isle of Lewis


Letter: Better broadband in the Australian outback

5 July 2017


Dear Sir,


Councillor Gordon Murray disapproves of the Grimsay residents wanting to make the case for provision of basic broadband to Scottish Parliament’s Fergus Ewing, the SNP’s Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity.  Councillor Murray wrongly asserts connectivity is a Westminster issue only.  As such he maintains nothing will be done. Perhaps that is the way for SNP MPs but I can assure councillor Murray that a Labour MP for our islands would work hard in Westminster, and on the islands, to achieve basic broadband at the very least.