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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10223: Cameron, Donald (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what targets it has set for each year until 2021 to meet its commitment to ensure that 100% of homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 28 July 2017

Telecoms is a reserved matter meaning it is the UK Government's responsibility to invest in and support. However, the central importance of good quality digital connectivity to Scotland’s economy has meant that it is an area where the Scottish Government has had to become increasingly active to ensure that our businesses and people are not left behind.

The Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver 100% superfast broadband access by 2021 is the only one of its kind in the UK. Yearly coverage targets have not yet been set. Deployment timescales and related targets will be determined through the procurement process, which will launch later this year.