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PERCENTAGE OF LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS CONNECTED TO SUPERFAST BROADBAND DOUBLES

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed new figures that show a huge boost to connectivity in the Perth & Kinross council area, thanks to significant investment from the SNP Government. 

According to the latest coverage statistics from Thinkbroadband, 86.9% of properties in Perth & Kinross are now connected to superfast broadband – an increase of 47.6 percentage points from 2014 when only 39.3% of properties were connected to internet speeds of at least 30Mbps. 

A report published this week from Ofcom also found that 172,889 properties across Scotland have been connected to superfast broadband in the last year alone. 

Despite connectivity and broadband remaining reserved to Westminster, Scotland is the only part of the UK that has guaranteed 100% superfast broadband access.

While the SNP is investing £600 million in the R100 programme, the single biggest public-sector investment in digital connectivity in the UK, Westminster has contributed less than £21 million to the project – just 3% of the total funding.

Welcoming the latest figures, Roseanna said: 

“These latest figures are clear evidence that, while there is much work still to be done, many people in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire have reaped the rewards of SNP broadband investment with the percentage of properties in the Perth & Kinross Council area connected to superfast broadband more than doubling, up to 86.9% from 39.3% in 2014. 

“Broadband is a reserved issue to Westminster, but successive UK governments have sat on their hands and done next to nothing to connect Scottish homes to superfast internet speeds. 

“It’s been left to the SNP Government at Holyrood to take up the mantle and invest £600 million in the R100 programme to ensure superfast broadband speeds reach every corner of Scotland. 

“The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital connectivity helping thousands of people in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire work from home, keeping us in touch with loved ones and supporting our local health service.

“While the Tories might be happy to sit in the slow lane, this SNP Government won’t stop until 100% of homes in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire – and right across Scotland – are connected to superfast broadband by the end of 2021.” 

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The Ofcom report can be read here.

 

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