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S5W-13064: Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2017

 To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of (a) homes, (b) businesses and (c) SMEs (i) nationally and (ii) in rural areas has been offered access to fibre broadband as a result of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, and what estimate it has made of what this would have been had the programme not been implemented.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 7 December 2017

Over 800,000 premises have now been connected to fibre broadband through the DSSB programme, with the vast majority of those having access to superfast broadband. We remain on track to reach our target of 95% fibre broadband coverage by the end of 2017 through a combination of the DSSB programme and commercial coverage.

Without this investment, commercial coverage would likely have reached only 66% across Scotland - 21% in the Highlands and Islands and no coverage at all on Orkney, Shetland or the Western Isles.