The Scottish Government has defined a laudable goal of superfast broadband for 100% of the nation.
It is a central feature of their digital economy strategy, correctly identifying that high speed Internet access is the essential enabling foundation for any community wishing to participate in the modern digital economy.
However many communities experience broadband “Not Spots”, weak or even non-existent coverage.
As the BBC reported in September, Audit Scotland has said it’s unclear how Scotland will achieve their goal of 100% availability of 30Mbps broadband, and that additional funding on top of the £600m to date may be required.
about a quarter of rural areas cannot receive 10 Mbs, the auditors said.
Audit Scotland reports that just 13 of the 63 initiatives were successful with a lack of specialist skills, poor communication and complex tendering requirements causing lengthy delays and failed procurements.
Growing Fibre Economy investments
As the Courier reports: “Around £442 million has been invested or committed to the programme since 2014, with roughly 930,000 homes and businesses across Scotland now able to connect to fibre broadband. It is estimated the investment will help to boost the Scottish economy by £2.76 billion over 15 years.”
However due to ongoing issues with the R100 procurement and other factors it means many of Scotland’s communities experience ‘broadband not spots’ – They lack the access capacity most now take for granted.
Given the impediment on rural economic growth this causes it is a matter of urgent priority it is suitably addressed by the Scottish Government.
Our Broadband Action Plan will identify a variety of options that communities can consider to self-address their own needs, such as new technologies like airband TV white space delivery.
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