Broadband boost

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed a decision to reduce the cost of broadband in rural areas – but warned more has still be done following OfCom’s instruction to BT to change the charging structure for broadband services in remote areas.

The Scottish Government has proposed further support and investment in rural broadband, including the Next Generation Digital Fund to ensure all of Scotland is able to access fast broadband services.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Ingram said: “Anything to drive down the cost of broadband has to be welcomed and I am certain many people in Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley whose internet service is both slow and expensive will see this instruction from Ofcom as long overdue.

“With BT as the only provider, it has significant responsibilities and the lack of inclination to provide better broadband has hit local businesses and stunted growth.

“This is an issue of real importance, not just to the local economy but to the national rural economy and the SNP Government’s commitment to see improved broadband and digital services across Scotland will help grow the economy.”

Mr Ingram recently participated in the Scottish Government Rural Connectivity debate in the Scottish Parliament, where proposals to improve rural connectivity and the UK Government’s commitment to extend superfast broadband were supported across the chamber.