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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03024: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many premises in Shetland do not have access to superfast broadband under the existing or planned infrastructure programmes and will be dependent on the winner of the bid for the contract for the superfast broadband programme that was published on 9 September 2016.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 4 October 2016

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme will deliver 95% fibre broadband access by the end of 2017. Following completion of DSSB deployment, 76% of premises in Shetland will have access to fibre broadband. Only 21% coverage would have been delivered commercially.

The Scottish Government is committed to delivering 100% superfast broadband access by 2021. We plan to launch an Open Market Review, ahead of new procurement activity in 2017, to determine (a) what has been delivered commercially and (b) what will be delivered commercially over the next three years. This will require suppliers to provide speed information at an individual premises level. We will use this information to define a new intervention area for future public investment in broadband, comprising those premises that are unable to receive superfast speeds.