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S5W-03141: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding (a) the services that could be requested under, (b) the timetable for the delivery of, and (c) other matters in relation to the proposed universal service obligation.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 October 2016

The Scottish Government has responded to both the UK Government and Ofcom consultations regarding the introduction of a proposed broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO). In addition letters have been written to the UK Government and Ofcom, urging them to establish a Working Group involving the Devolved Administration to oversee the design of the proposed USO for broadband. I also recently met with Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, at which the broadband USO was discussed.