Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution Derek Mackay announced that strong take up figures mean that an additional £15.6m is being re-invested back into the programme.
Across Scotland, more than 710,000 premises are now able to connect to fibre-based services through the Digital Scotland project, led by the Scottish Government and delivered on the ground by Openreach, BT’s local network business.
Thanks to strong early take up of fibre broadband, BT has made available additional funding under the contract earlier than planned. lt means that many places, such as premises currently in very rural areas or those not benefitting from any uplift in speed, as well as ‘new build’ premises built between 2012 and 2014, will now be able to get superfast broadband thanks to the programme.
Work is already under way and will be complete by December 2018 – it will mean that 97.2% of Inverclyde will have access to fibre broadband including assumed commercial coverage by this time.
I welcome the announcement that Inverclyde is to receive more superfast broadband coverage for homes and businesses thanks to the early success of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.
As I’ve previously said, more needs to be done to improve broadband access and speeds for people in Inverclyde. My constituents continue to raise concerns regarding a perceived lack of support from the deliverer of broadband.
Therefore, this announcement is a step in the right direction, although more support is required to ensure better broadband access and speeds in Inverclyde.