Small increase in broadband uptake

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Local MSP John Lamont has welcomed an improvement in the number of people who have registered their demand for a better broadband service, but urged for more work to be done to increase response rates.

Statistics released by the South of Scotland Broadband Project Team show that as of April only 3.4% of people across the region have registered their demand compared to 1.4% at the beginning of the year.

The figures however do show that response rates have increased significantly in towns and villages where there has been a proactive community campaign.

Mr Lamont commented: “Community councils and residents from towns and villages across the Borders need to start campaigning to see more people sign up. Proactive campaigns have been proven to work in other areas and we cannot allow the Borders to be left behind.”