Public money could be used to repair Shetland broadband header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

There is a chance government funding will be used to repair the underwater cable that brings broadband to the Shetland Isles.

AOL and TalkTalk customers in the region have been without internet access since December 28th when the cable was damaged. 

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has now revealed the government will be looking into whether public funding can be provided to repair the damage, Shetland News reports. 

He told the newspaper the Bellwin scheme, which provides funding for local authorities in the event of emergencies, could possibly be used to fix the cable and the feasibility of this is currently being looked into.

This is not the first time Shetland has suffered a broadband outage due to the cable being damaged and Mr Scott said "serious issues" need to be considered to protect the region's connectivity. 

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