Rutherglen broadband 'at risk of being left behind' header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A local politician has expressed concerns that the South Lanarkshire town of Rutherglen could be excluded from government broadband improvements.

It was not included in the recent announcement concerning the authorities and BT's plans to roll-out super-fast connections in the region, even though neighbouring Cambuslang and Blantyre have already received the upgrade, the Rutherglen Reformer reports.

Rutherglen MSP James Kelly told the newspaper he is concerned by this development.

"Fast connections and access to the internet offers huge advantages to local people, in everything from online shopping and banking to entertainment and job searching.

“Our economy is becoming increasingly about staying connected and I don’t want to see Rutherglen left behind," he stated.

Mr Kelly said he has met with BT to discuss the issue and the company agreed it is "odd" a town the size of Rutherglen has not been included in the super-fast rollout. He has urged the firm and the government to ensure connections in the area are improved as soon as possible.

Broadband services are often slow and unreliable throughout Scotland due to its relatively high number of rural and remote settlements. This means ensuring services are improved in the nation is all the more important. 

However, local residents should be aware that hoping for action from the government and BT is not their only option.

Satellite broadband can provide connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps, which is well above the national average. Furthermore, there is no need to wait for expensive infrastructure work, such as laying underground cables, to be completed, as all the technology requires to function is a small satellite dish and modem.

Another part of Scotland that could benefit from satellite broadband is the Isle of Bute. Residents of the island currently suffer with a poor level of connectivity and a meeting to discuss the issue has been scheduled for September 10th, the Buteman reports.

Many Bute households have to get by with download speeds of 0.5 Mbps or less.

Posted by Mark Wynn