Scottish Borders area at a broadband disadvantage

DUNBAR may be celebrating its inclusion in BT’s latest investment in superfast broadband in Scotland but the omission of any Borders towns has not gone down well with Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont.

He is far from happy that of the 21 towns that will receive fibre-optic internet connections in 2013 as part of a £2.5 billion roll-out of broadband, not one of them is in the Scottish Borders.

Complaining that it will once again leave the Borders at a disadvantage when it comes to internet connectivity, Mr Lamont said: “This decision from BT will come as a blow to many communities and businesses in the Borders who now face an even longer wait for superfast broadband. While it is welcome to see BT extending the service I can think of no good reason why they have decided to ignore the Borders in this latest announcement.

“There are still many towns in the region that are crying out for a better internet service. In this day and age having a fast and reliable connection can not only be important for day to day life, but also for the many businesses we have in the Borders.

“These businesses now face an even longer period of being at a disadvantage to other regions of the country which do have access to fibre-optic broadband. This decision by BT could have a very negative impact on our local economy and we cannot continue to be looked over.”

John Lamont MSP added: “I will be ensuring that BT knows just how disappointed I and many Borders residents are with this decision.

“What is now important is that we make our voices heard so when the next investment is announced BT do not make the same mistake again.”