Action needed on broadband

Commenting after an Ofcom report found that Scots are the least likely in the UK to have a broadband internet connection, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has stepped up his calls for better broadband coverage in the Borders.

The report showed that just 61 per cent of Scots have broadband, compared with 74 per cent of people across the whole of the UK.

John Lamont MSP said: “This is deeply concerning and confirms a widely held suspicion that Scotland is lagging behind on broadband.

“Scotland was keeping pace with the rest of the UK in the last decade and we cannot afford to fall behind now. The fact that those in rural areas of Scotland – such as the Borders – are even less likely to access broadband is particularly worrying.

“Part of the problem in the Borders is that broadband access is too often either slow or non-existent. I have worked closely with a number of communities in the Borders to fight for improvements to their broadband access. However, it is clear that the problem needs to be addressed on a wider scale.

“I have specifically requested that the new Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee take evidence on Broadband in Scotland and this will be part of our business programme.”