27th September 2016
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Ewing invited to isles to witness broadband problems

The new Scottish government minister responsible for ensuring everyone in the isles has access to superfast broadband has been invited to Shetland by MSP Tavish Scott.

MSP Tavish Scott has written to Fergus Ewing asking him for more details about what the government’s promise means and how it can be delivered.

The government aims to provide 100 per cent superfast coverage within five years. Just over half of households in Shetland are currently able to access superfast broadband, with areas such as Uyeasound and Yell facing speeds as low as 0.39Mbps.

In a letter to Mr Ewing, Mr Scott also asked for clarity on what the Scottish government’s plans will include and what role Community Broadband Scotland will play.

Mr Scott said: “Shetland must overcome some significant challenges if 100 per cent of homes and businesses are to receive superfast broadband in the next five years. I want to bring the new cabinet secretary to Shetland to see these difficulties for himself, rather than relying on civil servants looking at a map from the central belt.

“I hope that Fergus Ewing will accept my invitation and I look forward to working with him to improve internet access for those living in even the most remote parts of Shetland.”

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