Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has invited Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary responsible for superfast broadband, to the islands to discuss the challenges of meeting the Scottish Government’s aim of 100% coverage by 2021. Just over half of households in Shetland are currently able to access superfast broadband, with areas such as Uyeasound and Yell facing speeds as low as 0.39Mbps. During the last session of Parliament, Tavish Scott asked Scottish Ministers for clarification on when and how these harder to reach areas would be able to access faster speeds.
In a letter to Mr Ewing, Tavish Scott also asked for clarity on what the Scottish Government’s plans will include and what role Community Broadband Scotland will play.
Commenting after sending the letter, Tavish Scott said:
“Shetland must overcome some significant challenges if 100% of homes and businesses are to receive superfast broadband in the next five years. I want to bring the new Cabinet Secretary to Shetland to see these difficulties for himself, rather than relying on civil servants looking at a map from the central belt.
“I hope that Fergus Ewing will accept my invitation and I look forward to working with him to improve internet access for those living in even the most remote parts of Shetland.”
Note: Tavish Scott's letter to Fergus Ewing can be found here.