Tavish calls for more action on 'pitiful' broadband


Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has called for more details on the next phase of the broadband rollout, after a study published today by consumer watchdog Which? found that Shetland has the second-worst broadband speeds in the UK.

Tests of each local authority were carried out between January and March 2017, with Shetland joining Orkney and Highland as the lowest performing areas. Shetland’s average test speed measured 8.4Mbps, compared to 30.4Mbps in Tamworth.

Commenting, Tavish Scott said:

“These figures will come as no surprise to the many people who have been in touch with my office frustrated with their broadband. Across Shetland, people rely on the internet to study, work and keep in touch with friends and family. They deserve more than the pitiful speeds many are forced to put up with.

“The Scottish Government is largely responsible for the rollout of superfast broadband and I will be asking ministers about the next phase of the rollout in Parliament later this week. It cannot be fair that Shetland is left at the back of the queue.”

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Notes: The Which? data on broadband speeds across the UK is available here.


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