22 January 2019

A new report, which shows that rural areas in Scotland are bottom of the league across the UK for broadband speeds exposes the failure of the UK and Scottish governments to tackle Scotland’s “digital divide”, Scottish Labour said today .

The report by Which? shows that Orkney, Shetland, Argyll and Bute and Moray have the lowest internet speeds anywhere in the UK, with other rural areas in Scotland also lagging behind.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Connectivity and Transport Colin Smyth said:

“Scotland faces a digital divide with swathes of rural areas unable to access decent broadband.

"As this report exposes, the SNP’s roll out of fibre broadband has failed to deliver, with many rural areas receiving super-slow broadband rather than super-fast.

"It’s time we had a clear strategy to properly connect Scotland’s rural communities or they risk continuing to be left behind by the failure of both the Scottish and UK governments”

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