A viable broadband connection is something which most people consider a necessity
in this modern age, so why are our islands at the back of the queue to even get the
basics? According to the Scottish Government, the whole of Scotland will have access
to superfast broadband by 2021.
I think Mr Ewing, the community in Grimsay would appreciate knowing when they will
get a reliable service of standard broadband.
Oh, but you'll “ask Scottish Government officials to keep (Rhoda Grant) and the community
association updated on when Uist may see an upgrade.' The lack of information and
timescale here is not good enough I'm afraid.
This illustrates a wider problem of the lack of interest the Scottish Government
has in the issues which are affecting our island communities. You just have to look
at the shambolic state of the crofter payments to get an insight into how low down
the priority list our communities are. Economic regeneration is essential if our
islands are to have a viable future. A modern economy requires access to reliable
Surely the government should be able to tell us when our communities will be able
to access this service. And if not, the cabinet secretary should come in person to
explain what the delay is.
Isle of Lewis
This week we have heard from Rhoda Grant MSP that the Cabinet Secretary for Rural
Economy and Connectivity is too busy to visit Grimsay to hear about the, quite frankly,
woeful broadband connectivity in the area.
Mrs Grant did not just ask him to visit on a whim - the local community association
has been lobbying her regarding the lack of broadband connection and felt that Fergus
Ewing would have a better understanding of the issue if he could experience it first
Letter: Lack of information over Grimsay broadband