Shetland MSP Tavish Scott questioned the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall, over the corporation’s support for improving rural broadband at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Culture Committee today.
Tavish referred to the the increase in digital content being produced by the BBC which is currently inaccessible to households with slow or non-existent broadband speeds. Tavish asked what action was being taken to support the government’s goal of 100% superfast coverage.
Speaking afterwards, Tavish said:
“For many people in Shetland, watching anything on BBC iPlayer is impossible. The investment in a new BBC channel in Scotland is welcome, but I want to see both the BBC and Ofcom, the regulator, working towards improvements in digital access too.
“Granting Faroese Telecom permission to develop broadband in Shetland could help Shetlanders access improved mobile coverage and access to superfast broadband.
“Both the BBC and Ofcom gave assurances that they would look into this and see where they can help. It cannot be right that at the moment, for some households watching Shetland as it’s filmed in the islands is easier than watching an episode online.”