Shetland MSP calls for broadband funding to focus on remote areas header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The MSP for Shetland wants funding for broadband improvements in Scotland to focus on the areas where it is most needed. 

Tavish Scott told Shetland News this would be more beneficial for the country than working towards a "flat population percentage target".

He claimed the difference in connectivity in between parts of Scotland, and remote areas in particular, is "simply unacceptable". 

"People in Shetland are now increasingly more reliant on high speed broadband for doing business, accessing services and communicating with family and friends across the country and the world," Mr Tavish told the news provider.

The MSP said any further investment in broadband improvements should be focused on Scotland's northern isles in a bid to ensure they have a "decent" and "reliable" service.

Shetland's need for a better level of connectivity has been well publicised, with a number of outages occurring in the region over the past 12 months. 

This is not the first time Mr Tavish has spoken out on the issue and in January the Shetland Times reported he had asked Ofcom to look into Shetland's internet problems.