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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00120: Michael Russell (Argyll and Bute)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take in light of reports that communities in Argyll and Bute have not been fully advised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and BT regarding the timescale for the rollout of superfast broadband.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 May 2016

The Scottish Government is committed to being as transparent as possible in relation to the roll-out of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. An indicative roll-out timescale for each local authority has been available since the start of the project, with the majority of deployment in Argyll and Bute scheduled for 2016.

Information regarding specific towns and villages is released every three months via the Digital Scotland website, with Highlands and Islands Enterprise raising further awareness via local media, stakeholder events and leaflet drops.

An interactive map is also available, which allows members of the public to check progress in their area, and where service has gone live.

The map can be accessed at: