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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11884: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 9 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when properties in rural areas that are connected to exchanges via Exchange Only lines, rather than through green roadside cabinets, can expect to have access to superfast broadband.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 25 October 2017

Around 192,000 Exchange Only lines have been serviced to date by the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) roll-out. The DSSB programme is on target to extend fibre broadband access to 95% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2017, with over 800,000 premises connected so far.

However, the Scottish Government is aware that some areas and premises are still without access to fibre broadband and, even where it is available, experiences can vary. That is why, despite telecoms delivery being a reserved matter, the Scottish Government has made the unique commitment to deliver 100% superfast broadband coverage across Scotland by 2021. Any homes and businesses not capable of accessing superfast broadband, including those serviced by Exchange Only lines, will be eligible for investment through our Reaching 100% (R100) programme.