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Scotland quantifies its digital divide

One in three Orkney residents are without super-fast Broadband

November 8th 2018

Tagged: political news Scotland Rurality

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Scottish politicians have quantified the lack of superfast broadband in rural Scotland.

In a debate in the Scottish parliament, they highlight that in Orkney, access to superfast broadband is only 65 per cent and in the Western Isles and Ross, Skye and Lochaber, almost 30 per cent of people do not have access to superfast speeds.

According to Audit Scotland, average broadband speeds continue to be lowest in rural areas, and of the 376,000 households that are still unable to access superfast broadband, less than half will be able to do so by the R100 deadline of 2021.

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab): said: “It is clear that Scotland faces a digital divide. Rural communities… are being excluded. That exclusion mirrors wider social and economic inequalities, but it also exacerbates those inequalities. A comprehensive strategy is therefore needed.”

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