Published: 9th Oct 2014
Of all the corners of the UK, some of the worst broadband services can be found in Scotland.
Due to the nation's geography and large number of remote rural communities, fast and reliable connections provided through technologies such as fibre optic and ADSL are often hard to come by.
Some of the problems this lack of connectivity can cause have been highlighted this week, with a number of reports revealing the detrimental impact it is having on the lives of Scots.
For example, Andrew Mulholland - director of Elgin-based Hunted Cow Studios - has revealed the company is currently unable to access high-speed broadband at a reasonable cost due to the fact it is connected directly to BT's data exchange, rather than the public grid.
Stewart Cree, Moray Council convener, told local newspaper The Press and Journal he wants action to be taken to resolve the issue.
"One of the most successful gaming firms in the town does not have high speed broadband. It seems perverse that in the centre of Elgin, in such a key industry, that they can't access high speed broadband," he stated.
Elsewhere in Scotland, Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan recently wrote to BT regarding broadband problems being suffered by residents of the Isle of Lewis.
"A number of people have raised the issue with me about BT being unresponsive to long standing complaints about a decline in broadband speeds in some areas," he told the Stornoway Gazette.
Similar problems are occurring on Stornoway itself. BT has now revealed it is carrying out work to improve connectivity on the island after residents reported that recent weeks had seen a significant decline in broadband speeds.
A petition with more than 500 signatures was sent to the company, while MP Angus Macneil and MSPs Alasdair Allan and Jamie McGrigor also called for action to be taken to improve the island's connectivity.
It will be interesting to see how Scotland's broadband situation develops in the wake of its decision to remain a part of the UK, as some independence campaigners had claimed the nation's connectivity would improve were it to leave the union.
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