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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

A MSP has revealed there is considerable concern about the lack of fast broadband in rural parts of Scotland.

Jamie McGrigor, Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands region, discussed the issue with deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon last week.

While Ms Sturgeon said the government is on course to bring super-fast broadband to 84 per cent of the Highlands and Islands area by 2017/18, Mr McGrigor told the Buteman there is still widespread concern regarding the lack of connectivity.

"While I welcome the investment that is being made, I continue to receive representations from constituents in rural communities across my region who feel they are being left behind," he stated.

The MSP claimed faster broadband is needed in the rural areas of the Highlands and Islands to prevent these communities from being at an economic disadvantage compared to their urban counterparts.

He pledged to keep campaigning on this issue and to take up individual cases with the Scottish government.