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Published: 6th Nov 2013

A more innovative approach is needed if broadband services are to be improved in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. 

This is according to Alan Reid, MP for Bute, who discussed the issue in parliament last week (October 31st).

Mr Reid said around 17 per cent of households in the Argyll and Bute region will not be included in BT's rollout of super-fast fibre optic broadband. 

He called for "more innovative solutions" to be delivered to ensure the whole region benefits from improved connectivity and asked the under-secretary of state for culture, media and sport Ed Vaizey what would be done to tackle this problem. 

Mr Vaizey responded by stating an extra £250 million will be made available to take super-fast coverage in the Highlands and Islands to 95 per cent, although this will not be complete until 2017. 

People living in this area of Scotland currently have some of the slowest broadband connections in the country and residents who need a faster service immediately should consider switching to Tooway satellite broadband.