Date lodged: 25 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on using the TV whitespace spectrum to broadcast internet to island and rural areas.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 December 2016
TV White Space technology could potentially be used to deliver broadband services to rural areas in future. The Scottish Government has provided approximately £410,000 of funding to the University of Strathclyde's Centre for White Space Communications to trial the use of TV white space technology through two pilot projects in Glasgow and Orkney that are being delivered in conjunction with industry partners. The learning from these projects will help determine the viability of using the technology as an alternative means of delivering connectivity in remote areas.