Date lodged: 9 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to expediting the roll-out of superfast broadband to residents in areas with a commercial presence but whose individual premises are considered not commercially viable for delivery due to being too far from cabinets, and whether such residents can expect interim support prior to the implementation of the new Open Market Review.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 November 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to extending superfast broadband access to all premises in Scotland that will not be served commercially. The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme is currently delivering investment to improve coverage in non-commercial areas. In parallel, we continue to encourage suppliers to invest more commercially in order to push coverage further.
The forthcoming Open Market Review is a consultation with broadband suppliers to determine their commercial investment plans over the next 3 years. This is a key state aid requirement ahead of any large-scale public investment programme in broadband. This will help Scottish Government determine a new intervention area, ahead of new procurement activity to begin next year.